Man books trip on ride-hailing apps; finds Grab’s fee triple that of Ryde

Photo: Jake K. Thein/Facebook
Photo: Jake K. Thein/Facebook

Now that the dust has settled after Grab bought over Uber’s Southeast Asia operations — and both companies got fined a total amount of more than S$13 million by the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore when the watchdog concluded this month that their merger was anti-competitive — it seems trip fees are just skyrocketing to the moon as and when surge prices kick in.

Case in point: This netizen, who revealed the rather massive difference in the cost of a ride from the ICA building on Kallang Road to Hougang Ave 9. Comparing the fares between ride-hailing platforms Grab and Ryde, it seems the former quoted him a price that was more than triple its competitor. Both routes varied a little, but the starting points and destinations remained the same.

Essentially, it would’ve cost him $41 on JustGrab, compared to a mere $13 on RydeX. Pretty big difference there.

After the Facebook post went viral, other netizens chimed in with horror surge pricing stories of their own. Read on and grimace (and perhaps consider trying other options — like flagging down a cab on the street, the old school way).


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