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Gojek inks deal with Trans-cab to aggressively grow in SG

Gojek has partnered with Singapore’s second-largest taxi company Trans-Cab to expand its transport offering. Through this tie up, the company aims to enhance its offering and quality in 2020.

Under the arrangement, more than 3,000 Trans-Cab taxi drivers will gain access to bookings made via the Gojek platform, and will be able to fulfill private-hire trips on a flat-fare basis from December 2019. The partnership also looks to improve ride availability and wait times for Gojek customers, and allow Trans-Cab taxi drivers to additional earning opportunities in the form of on-demand bookings through the Gojek platform. According to Gojek, Trans-Cab taxi drivers will also be entitled to driver benefits similar to Gojek driver-partners’.

Lien Choong Luen, general manager of Gojek Singapore, said customers will have better ride availability with an enlarged fleet, while driver-partners can look forward to exclusive savings with Union Energy which comes as part of the company’s Trans-Cab partnership.

Trans-Cab chief executive officer Teo Kiang Ang said this collaboration will enable taxi drivers to access on-demand bookings via the Gojek app, while also taking on street-hail jobs. According to Teo, Trans-Cab taxi drivers will benefit from this flexibility and increased earning opportunity.

In line with its first year celebrations in Singapore, the ride hailing company also recorded 30 million completed trips. The number represents a threefold increase in completed trips in just six months since the company announced 10 million completed trips in June.

In addition, Gojek is working towards adding new services and transport features into the app, including an option to book different vehicle types, as well as additional services that are aimed at addressing consumers’ daily life frictions. Meanwhile, Andre Soelistyo, Gojek’s co-CEO said the company has grown from an Indonesian movement into a Southeast Asian one, with Singapore forming an important spoke in its international growth.

“We have completed 30 million trips here since we launched exactly one year ago – a significant milestone that would not have been possible without the support of our driver-partners, customers, and everyone in the Gojek Singapore team. I believe that next year will be even bigger for us as we focus on enhancing our offering in our second year in Singapore,” he added.

The ride hailing company recently launched a ‘Snap and win’ contest online to mark its first anniversary in Singapore for commuters to spot a Gojek-branded car on the streets and share a picture of it on Facebook and Instagram. Gojek decorated selected cars with birthday stickers, and participants were encouraged to tag ‘Gojek Singapore’ or its handle @gojeksg to be handpicked by the team and receive ride vouchers.

Separately, prior to Uber’s acquisition by Grab, ComfortDelGro revealed plans to acquire 51% of Lion City Rentals in December 2017, Uber’s wholly-owned car rental subsidiary in Singapore. The deal was valued at about SG$642 million, with a cash consideration of SG$295 million. However less than a year later, both parties agreed to dissolve the strategic agreement after Grab bought over Uber’s Southeast Asia operations.

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