If you frequently commute using Grab, pay close attention.
Grab has announced via a press statement that from 12 July onwards, passengers may need to anticipate longer waiting times
due to fewer Grab drivers on the road.
Don’t worry, half of the Grab drivers didn’t disappear like the Avengers’ blip (read: Thanos’ snap), but this is happening due to the new regulation set by the government for the e-hailing industry.
E-hailing service drivers will now have to go through background checks, a six-hour driver training, a JPJ driver exam, a Puspakom car inspection and a health checkup in order to drive for any e-hailing company.
So, there’s a possibility that existing or new drivers are currently going through this process and haven’t earned the greenlight to offer their services.
Grab has also mentioned that you may experience higher fares
due to a shortage of drivers, especially during peak hours and rainy weather.
To combat this issue, Grab suggests that commuters book their rides in advance to avoid disappointment or ride during non-peak hours. So, try to avoid taking Grab between 7-9am and 5-8pm.
The new regulation, however, will not affect other Grab services such as GrabFood and GrabExpress. For more info, click here
So brace yourselves Malaysians, things are going to get a tad bit difficult with e-hailing services starting 12 July.