Grab has officially launched its motorbike taxi service and started beta testing a tuk-tuk and rickshaw service in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, according to a press release issued by the company on Friday.
Grab Bike, which has been in beta testing for nearly two months in Phnom Penh’s central districts, launched full services in the capital on Friday, making Grab the first major ride-hailing platform to offer motorbike taxi services in the Kingdom.
Grab Bike prices have also lowered since the initial beta test. Originally set at a higher-than-typical base rate of 2,500 riel, or $0.63, Grab Bike is now available for a base fare of 1,000 riel, or $0.25, with an additional $0.25 charge for each kilometre.
Grab also announced the launch of its beta test for “Grab Tuk Tuk” in Phnom Penh, a service that allows users to call auto-rickshaws, the ubiquitous three-wheeled Indian-style tuk-tuks commonly used by other ride-hailing applications.
The base fare for this service is now set at a rate of 2,000 riel, or $0.50, with each kilometre costing an additional 1,200 riel, or $0.30. Those prices are slightly higher than current prices offered for auto-rickshaw rides on local ride-hailing apps PassApp and ExNet.
Beta testing for a service entirely new for the international company, called “Grab Remorque”, was announced as well, with those services available only in Siem Reap.
Top Nimol, the founder of PassApp, previously told The Post that he has been able to compete with international ride-hailing apps Uber and Grab because their prices are much higher than his own. With Grab now beginning to offer motorbikes and auto-rickshaws for lower prices, Nimol is taking a wait-and-see approach.
“I just don’t know yet what this means for PassApp,” he said. “Let’s see in the future if [Grab] has a significant impact on us. All we can do is try our best.”
On Sunday, US-based Bloomberg News reported that Grab would be buying the Southeast Asia assets from its rival Uber, which launched in Cambodia in September. Bloomberg reported an agreement between the two companies was expected to be reached this week.