Getting around the metro just got easier. Ride-hailing platform Grab is testing two new services, GrabFamily and GrabPet, which as the name implies, targets families and pet owners in the Philippines.
GrabFamily is a service catered to passengers who plan to travel with their children. According to the Grab website, all Grab drivers who are part of the GrabFamily program will be required to undergo training sessions for child safety and will also be provided child car seats to place in their vehicles.
The car seats to be provided by Grab are suitable for children ages 12 years and below, who weigh between 15 and 36kg, and whose heights are less than 4’9”.
The GrabFamily program complies with Republic Act No. 11229, also known as the Child Safety Motor Vehicle Act, which requires the use of car seats when transporting children. RA No. 11229 was signed into law in February this year.
Aside from the car seat, Grab will also be providing drivers with alcohol, tissue, baby wipes, and emesis (vomit) bags to place in their vehicles.
In addition to GrabFamily, Grab is also beta-testing GrabPet, a service which will allow passengers to travel with their pets.
Only a few types of pets are allowed on GrabPet. All pets have to be accompanied by a human passenger. Grab also has specific requirements in terms of how these pets are to be transported.
Dogs (leashed or in a crate with a muzzle)
Cats, rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs (in a crate)
Grab drivers who are part of the GrabPet program will be required to undergo a training session on basic pet-handling skills. The session will be handled by professional pet trainers.
Grab will also be providing drivers who are part of the GrabPet program with a starter kit containing special equipment to place in their vehicles. These include a kennel (for one large dog, two medium dogs, or two cats), a waterproof cargo liner to be placed in the rear area of the vehicle, a pet barrier, a microfiber towel, and air freshener.
GrabPet was launched following the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board's (LTFRB) approval of Memorandum circular 2019-019, which allows pets to be transported in public utility vehicles (PUVs).