Here in the Philippines, a Toyota Altis is one of the cars that can fetch you when ask for a four-seater on Uber. Transport network companies, such as Uber and GrabCar, are gaining popularity in Metro Manila because they’ve turned out more convenient than regular taxis.
Commuters face the same problems when trying to hail a taxi. Cab drivers refuse passengers, the cabs are dilapidated and smells funky, muggers pretending to be cab drivers, and tricking the passenger into paying more than they should. It’s very frustrating to deal with regular cab drivers, which is why people now prefer taking out their smartphones and booking an Uber or GrabCar to fetch them and take them to their destination.
Here are some of the differences between the services and prices of regular cabs, GrabCar, and Uber
|Time||P3.50/90s waiting||P2/minute||No charge|
You can see from the figures above that the fares cut it pretty close. One can’t tell which one is cheapest since it all really depends on the traffic situation. Uber might have the lowest charge per kilometer, but they charge P2.00 a minute while waiting, while taxis charge P7.00 per kilometer, and charge P3.50 per a minute and a half of waiting. GrabCar, however doesn’t charge for waiting time but they do charge P12.00 per kilometer.
Taxis still can provide the cheapest fare unless they charge you for a fixed deal, which is why some people prefer booking an Uber or GrabCar ride even though it’s a little more expensive. Commuters now don’t mind paying more if they get the convenience they need, which is usually just a car with a driver who can take them wherever they want.
Some of the services and features of Uber and GrabCar.
|Feature and service||Uber||GrabCar|
|Shares info about driver (name and phone number), car (plate number and ETA)||✔||✔|
|Electronic payment (debit or credit card)||✔||✔|
|Supports cash payment||✔|
|Split fare option||✔|
|Rating option for customer feedback||✔||✔|
|Promos and discounts||✔||✔|
Uber though, mostly operates in highly urbanized areas such as offices complexes and business districts, which is why they’re not as available as GrabCar. GrabCar is also planning on expanding to Cebu and Davao.
These two transport services have premium services too, which are Uber Black and GrabCar+, which let you travel in style (or basically, just classier and more expensive cars). Uber Black’s base fare is P90.00, the waiting time is P2.00 per minute, and charges P12.00 per kilometer. GrabCar+’s base fare is also P90.00, and charges P20.00 per kilometer.
However, it’s important to note that these serves have surging prices (for Uber) and Rush Hour Rate (for GrabCar) during peak hours where prices can go up to three times the standard rate for Uber, and twice for GrabCar.
With this comparison we can see why people opt to use these private services, and they’re more satisfied with their better service.