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|Uber drivers to be transferred to Grab on April 8|
This morning, all Uber drivers received a notification that after Uber officially stops its operations in Southeast Asia and Vietnam, they will become partners of Grab. Accordingly, drivers who want to work for Grab will have to register to join Grab and then their accounts will be automatically transferred to Grab.
The Uber app will remain available until April 8.
|Following the deal, Grab will take over Uber’s operations and assets in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.|
Responding to concerns that the merger will sharply increase the fleet of Grab, causing fierce competition between Grab drivers, a representative of Grab stated that after the merger, Grab hopes to inherit Uber’s customer base, bringing more opportunities for drivers to increase their incomes.
Besides, Grab will try to make sure the transfer will not impact the operation of its partners.
Regarding the fares, Grab stated that the fares of GrabCar and GrabBike will depend on the length of the routes.
Regarding customers, Uber will transition its services over to the Grab platform by April 8, 2018, so all requests after that date should be made from the Grab app. However, customers can still use the Uber app in more than 80 countries around the world.
On March 26, Grab announced that it has acquired Uber’s Southeast Asian operations. Grab will integrate Uber’s ridesharing and food delivery business in the region into its existing multi-modal transportation and fintech platform.
Following the deal, Grab will take over Uber’s operations and assets in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. As part of the acquisition, Uber will take a 27.5 per cent stake in Grab and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will join Grab’s board.
The deal marks a new era of growth for Grab. In terms of food delivery, Grab will rapidly expand its existing GrabFood businesses in Indonesia and Thailand to two more countries—Singapore and Malaysia—following the integration of the Uber Eats business. GrabFood will be available across all major Southeast Asian countries within the first half of 2018.
Regarding transportation, Grab will grow its core transport offering to include more localised transport services and new mobility solutions, in partnership with other transport providers and carmakers.