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Grab Philippines launches GrabPet, GrabFamily as app options

Grab Philippines has introduced two new features to its ride-hailing application, namely GrabPet and GrabFamily, giving app users additional options.

GrabPet is for passengers who wish to bring their pets along. It is in line with Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) Memorandum Circular 2019-019 which allows pets to be transported via public utility vehicles (PUV).

“This is a special feature for six-seater cars where they can get more earnings upon accepting the GrabPet bookings,” Grab said.

Initially, only dogs, cats, turtles, hamsters, rabbits, and fish are allowed to be taken on board.

“All pets must be accompanied by human passengers. Pets and parasites or fleas are strictly not allowed,” Grab said.

Grab said it will be providing and giving drivers special equipment for GrabPet rides such as a pet kennel big enough for one large breed dog, two medium breed dogs or two cats, as well as waterproof cargo liner for the rear area, and a pet barrier.

“In the instance where a passenger requests a pet to be transported on a non-GrabPet ride, driver-partners should advise the passenger to cancel booking and rebook with GrabPet,” the transport network company said.

“Only pets riding on GrabPet are covered by insurance,” it said.

GrabFamily, meanwhile, is a product for Grab passengers traveling with small children.

The app is in compliance with Republic Act No. 1129 or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicle Act signed into law on February 22. This is a policy to ensure safety of children below 12 years old while being transported.

“Drivers who are part of this program will go through training in child safety and will be equipped with a child seat provided by Grab,” the company said.

“This is a special feature for six-seater drivers wherein they can get additional earnings if they accept these kinds of rides,” it said.

Grab will provide child safety belt, baby wipes, alcohol, emesis bags, and tissue box for those availing themselves of the GrabFamily service. —VDS, GMA News