SEVENTY eight percent of Malaysians households either own or drive a car, according to a Khazanah Research Institute study last year and even though the average car emits about 170g of CO2 per kilometer, for KL-ites not owning a car can be quite debilitating.
But with the rise of on-demand transport booking applications all over the world such as Lyft, Kuadi and MyTeksi or GrabTaxi going carless becoming more viable.
What is GrabCar?
In a nutshell, it’s a car with driver service available via the MyTeksi or GrabTaxi app that connects riders and drivers using mobile GPS capabilities. Similar to other car-hailing apps like Lyft and Uber, GrabCar is aimed at being an alternative mode of transport to owning your own car.
To appeal to different passenger needs, the service has two offerings. GrabCar (Economy) is a wallet friendly option for your every day ride whereas GrabCar+ (Premium) provides a more luxurious experience for the more discerning passenger.
What do you need to know before you use?
It’s always good to be honest upfront, that’s why GrabCar charges on a fixed fare basis. With the exception of tolls, pay exactly what you see even before committing to a booking.
Being on the same platform, GrabCar capitalises on the same safety features such as knowing your driver’s details and the “Share My Ride” feature that allows your loved ones to track your rides in real-time for added safety. To top it off, all passengers are insured.
Lastly, has GrabCar reduced its fares recently by 31% to give passengers the most affordable ride in KL.
Why are transport-booking apps becoming more popular?
GrabCar was introduced in May 2014 to cater to unmet demand during peak hours and to cater to passengers that wanted a nicer car and a more comfortable ride.
They also host a slew of promotions for newbies that make it hard not to give it ago, like the promo code 1STGC that gives you RM10 off your first GrabCar ride.
And it will also have the added benefit of being able to choose between cash or credit with a brand new dual payment option coming this month.
Download MyTeksi from bit.ly/myteksi-ios or bit.ly/myteksi-android or bit.ly/myteksi-blackberry and book GrabCar now. Or find out more at www.grabcar.com.
Malaysians can be generally supportive of public transportation, provided they have a reliable and convenient travel option. With the rise of on-demand transport–booking apps like Lyft, Kuadi and MyTeksi or GrabTaxi it’s easy to see why being carless in KL is becoming a more viable solution than it was 5 years ago.
This article is brought to you by GrabCar.