For more than a week now, Cebuanos are eyeing the streets for the talk of the town – the pink cabs driving around the metro. We know you also couldn’t help but wonder how these attention-grabbing taxicabs suddenly emerged in Cebu. Well, before you start hunting for these cute rides, first, know their story.
This pink cab is one of the three character cars called Grabarkada cars launched by GrabTaxi, the first and largest taxi application in the Philippines, during its first anniversary celebration.
Grabarkada cars made its first grand appearance in Manila last July as it fetched people for free. Amazingly, the cars were given names Sexy Fox, Bipolar Panda, and Mister Moose to distinguish their characters from one another. Unfortunately, in Cebu, only the pink taxi, SexyFox, is available so far.
GrabTaxi’s vision is to improve taxi markets by introducing simple, cost effective mobile-based technology for both drivers and passengers. Just by tapping twice in his/her smart phone, one can immediately book a taxi, including these Grabarkada cars, with the GrabTaxi app. Philippines is not the only country to be offered the service of GrabTaxi, it is also available in Malaysia, Singapore and Bangkok. The service charge of P70 per booking, though more expensive that the call-a-cab, is worth it because you’re assured of a more comfortable and safe ride.
Interested? Well, Android, iOS and Windows users can download GrabTaxi app for Free.
So, how to use GrabTaxi, you ask?
1. Turn on your gadget’s wi-fi or mobile data and launch the GrabTaxi app .
2. Provide the location where you want to be picked up and also, your destination.
3. There’s a part where you can put details such as your exact address and house number.
4. The number of taxis nearby and the estimated fare shall appear, then wait for 2 minutes for confirmation.
5. Wait for the status of your booking. Try again if you’re not lucky enough to immediately book a taxi.
6. The taxi’s plate number and the estimated distance in kilometer will appear on your screen once your booking is confirmed by the driver.
7. An email will be sent to you containing all the details of your transaction including the driver’s mobile number.
8. You can track the driver’s location while waiting.
If you are not using a smart phone, you can still enjoy GrabTaxi’s comfort. Just call 642- 3525 / 641-4532 / 640-2318 / 0939-1533495 or 0927-8384833.