Grab launches service for passengers to ride with their pets

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GrabPet Beta is available from 20 February, 2019, with fares starting at $14. (PHOTO: Grab)
GrabPet Beta is available from 20 February, 2019, with fares starting at $14. (PHOTO: Grab)

Local ride-hailing firm Grab on Wednesday (20 February) launched GrabPet, a service that allows pet owners to travel with their pets.

The beta version of GrabPet rolls out islandwide, with fares starting from $14.

After booking via GrabPet Beta, pet owners are allowed to bring along any household pet approved by the Agri-food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), except birds for the ride.

These pets – which are required to be in a crate or leashed at all times – must be accompanied by human passengers. A maximum of two medium-sized pets (up to 41cm in length) or one large pet (41cm in length or more) is allowed on each ride.

According to Grab, all GrabPet driver-partners are trained in pet handling by a certified trainer.

“Grab has already trained hundreds of driver-partners for the new service and will continue to expand the GrabPet fleet,” said the ride-hailing firm.

All GrabPet vehicles are equipped with a foldable back-seat cover with an adjustable leash for suitable pets. They will also have microfibre towel and air freshener to ensure that rides are clean and well-maintained.

Pet insurance will be included as part of the service.

(SCREENCAP: Grab app)
(SCREENCAP: Grab app)

Users can receive $3 off GrabPet Beta with the promo code “LOVEPETS”. To mark the launch of the service, Grab will donate $3 from every GrabPet ride to Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Singapore for the next one month.

Apart from GrabPet, pet owners can use a similar service offered by Ryde. Fares for RydePet, which was launched in February last year, are up to 25 per cent higher than their normal carpooling services.

Previously, pet owners could also use Uber’s uberPET service, which was launched in 2017, before it exited the Singapore market in May last year following its merger with Grab.

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