Grab Philippines offers a free electric scooter for frontline users
Grab in the Philippines on Monday launched GrabWheels, a site that offers electric scooters to frontline medical and health workers in certain metropolitan Manila cities in an enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
Grab said in a statement that it will deploy more than 300 electric scooters to select local government units (LGU) in addition to the 50 it has already distributed.
"GrabWheels meet the need to get health care and medical staff to the front lines faster by providing them with round-the-clock, free access to electric scooters deployed in the Manila metropolitan area," the statement said.
The company said implementing the loan and return policy for electric scooters will be subject to the appropriate LGU directive - initially available in Manila, Marikina, Montinupa, Navotas, Pasig, Quezon and SAN Juan.
In the same statement, Grab calls for front-line personnel to do a quick check on the electric scooter -- check the battery, then tap the scooter from the app to check its battery, then unlock it;Check the brakes, headlights, foot mounts, and surroundings after unlocking.
"GrabWheels is one of several initiatives in GrabBayanihan, a community-driven initiative that can safely address the economic and medical challenges of the recent COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines," said Grubb.
From 12am on 17 March, enhanced community quarantine will take place across Luzon until 13 April 2020 to restrict travel to the region to contain the spread of COVID-19.