Ride-hailing services: Promote competition or discourage usage?

The proposed Grab-Uber merger has been widely discussed in Singapore, possibly because many commuters have become used to the promotion codes that have made using these ride-hailing services a low-cost part of their commuting routine.

Many fear that the merger would raise the costs of using Grab's services and deprive them of a transport option.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2018, with the headline 'Ride-hailing services: Promote competition or discourage usage?'. Print Edition | Subscribe