Grab vehicles lined up for display. Source: fivestarsandamoon.

Grab launches new ride-sharing service between Malaysia and Singapore

BEGINNING Monday, users of ride-hailing app Grab will be able to book rides between Malaysia’s southernmost city of Johor Baru and Singapore with its new car-sharing service that crosses between both countries.

According to the Straits Times, customers will be able to arrange for lifts between destinations in either country as long as a driver is nearby.

After the launch of Grabhitch’s new service, passengers will able to book rides as early as seven days in advance or just half an hour before departing. The passengers will be paired with drivers who matched their pickup and drop-off points.

Head of GrabHitch, Ngiam Xin Wei, said the new travel option saved costs for passengers and drivers.

“The high cost of travelling, frequent congestion and lack of point-to-point transportation between Johor Baru and Singapore are compelling reasons for us to introduce the GrabHitch JB-SG service,” she said, as quoted by the Straits Times.

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The driver’s cost of petrol can be partially or fully offset by the cash or credit card payments from the customers, and fares will be charged in the currency of the country of departure.

The charges are also based on the distance of the ride and a “fixed cross-border surcharge”, the paper reported.

For example, fares from Orchard Road, Singapore to City Square shopping center in Johor baru starts at SGD$14 (US$10).

Since its launch in November last year, Grabhitch has more than 2,000 drivers operating in Singapore.