Grab Drivers Must Make 50 Trips/Week To Earn $2,400

Go-Jek will be arriving in Singapore in November and Grab is feeling the heat.

Grab has been all over the news lately, clearly taking desperate measures to keep people interested.

Besides paying fines and rewarding passengers for cancelled rides, Grab is trying to appeal to its driver partners too.

Their new Income Guarantee Programme will ensure that drivers earn fixed amounts of gross monthly income based on the number of trips made per week.

Here’s how it works.

Tiered income rewards for Grab drivers

The Emerald Circle is a points-based rewards system that Grab introduced to give drivers specific benefits.

So the more trips made, the higher income you’ll earn. The higher the tier you’re in, the more you’ll earn as compared to other drivers.

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Drivers in the Emerald and Ruby tiers need to make 50 trips per week to earn the minimum income of $2,400 and $2,580 a month respectively.

$11,888 for drivers in the Diamond tier seems attractive, but at 180 trips a week or 24 to 25 trips a day, they won’t have much time to rest.

The Diamond tier is extremely exclusive anyway. Only the top 10% of drivers in the Sapphire tier get invited to it and a minimum of 25,000 points is needed to enter the Sapphire tier.

Every dollar of commission that drivers contribute earns them 7 points. This means that a driver must have contributed at least S$3,571 to get to the Sapphire tier.

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We’ll leave you to do the math to see if it’s worth it.

Grab to trial courier service

Grab isn’t just stepping up its ride-hailing initiatives.

On Tuesday (23 Oct), Grab launched the beta version of GrabExpress, an on-demand service for customers to deliver documents and parcels.

Customers can access it through the Grab app and book a door-to-door express delivery service with a single tap.

There are restrictions to the package size and rates are charged per kilometer on top of a S$6 base fare.

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The trial run for GrabExpress is currently available only to these areas in the East:

  • Bugis
  • Little India
  • Paya Lebar
  • Geylang
  • Eunos
  • Katong
  • Joo Chiat
  • Amber Road
  • Tampines
  • Pasir Ris
  • Loyang
  • Changi

GrabExpress will join other on-demand delivery apps like Lalamove, RydeSend, CarPal and GoGoVan.

A direct comparison between all these services is difficult considering the different restrictions on package sizes and how the rates are measured.

Grab’s courier service looks to cater to the rising demand for direct-to-doorstep delivery. Guess they’ve learnt that a little friendly competition is always welcome here on our shores?

An exciting time for ride-hailing apps

Grab’s new initiatives and Go-Jek’s arrival into Singapore are bringing lots of exciting changes into the ride-hailing market here.

With the competition heating up to attract drivers & customers, we can expect the companies to provide more incentives in the future.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed for fare promos and other convenient services in the near future.

Featured image from Facebook.