Quietly GrabTaxi app now has a new option and it’s named GrabHitch. Aptly called, the new option currently in beta allows anyone to hitch a ride (as a passenger) or accept a hitch request (sign up as a driver).
The new hitch-a-ride option means GrabTaxi is pushing their mobile app to become a real ride-sharing app compared to similar services such as Uber, which only allow taxi or hired drivers to accept ride requests.
The cost of hitching a ride is another reason why it might take off since it’s just $6 per ride now for your preferred scheduled route although this could change to a distance-based fare in the future once it takes off. Drivers who too get on that same route can accept requests and then earn a cut sent to their GrabHitch driver’s account.
According to GrabHitch FAQs, the service is perfectly legal and in accordance with local regulations since LTA has made it possible for drivers to be compensated for providing carpooling services from March 2015 onwards.