Grab will have healthier competition in the Philippines, as inDrive confirmed they received their LTFRB accreditation months after they announced their official arrival in the country.
The California-based mobility service is unique for its haggling system, where both the driver and passenger have the freedom to negotiate fares. This works once the passenger pins their pick-up point and destination, where they will start negotiating the fair fare with the driver by considering all factors–fare, distance, model of car, and more.
Because of this unique system, inDrive has a low 10% commission rate and does not have any discounts or incentives.
“As we embark on this exciting journey, we look forward to fulfilling the transportation needs of Filipinos, providing them with more choices, and contributing to the evolving landscape of urban mobility,” inDrive APAC Director Roman Ermoshin said in a press statement sent to us.
Unlike other ride-hailing apps that aim to compete against Grab, inDrive will be commencing its operations outside of Metro Manila–specifically Bacolod, Baguio, Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro, and Butuan. To kick off its driver registration campaign in those areas mentioned, drivers who will successfully register with inDrive and have all the necessary accreditations will receive a $10(~Php 600) fuel voucher. As an added incentive, drivers can use the app without paying service fees when accepting rides for the initial period.
Before its entry in the Philippines, inDrive had established its presence in other Southeast Asia countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. To date, inDrive is present in over 700 cities and 45 countries.