GrabHitch driver suspended after passenger films him texting while driving in rainy conditions

One passenger had to endure a particularly nervy ride when she caught her GrabHitch driver nonchalantly using his phone while driving in the rain from one end to the other of Singapore. Okay bro, isn’t GrabHitch supposed to be a social carpooling thing where you interact with the passengers (or at the very least, drive safely) instead of using your phone?


GrabHitch driver suspended after passenger films him texting while driving in rainy conditions

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According to The Straits Times, the GrabHitch passenger had filmed her driver in the act and uploaded the clip on Sun (Aug 6). The viral post has since been removed from her Facebook page, although it resurfaced on Beh Chia Lor and All Singapore Stuff.

Grab has suspended the driver, with a spokesman informing The Straits Times that the driver was in “clear violation of road traffic law as well as our Grab code of conduct”.

GrabHitch is a social carpooling option that allows car owners to ferry commuters at a low, basic fee of covering petrol costs. The feature hasn’t exactly received a lot of good press of late, with  drivers 
behavingbadly (though instances are highly rare). 

“This is an isolated incident and is no way a reflection of the wider carpooling community”, the Grab spokesperson added. He also reiterated that the safety of passengers on Grab is of paramount importance, and that irresponsible driving would not be tolerated.

With this damning evidence, looks like the driver’s gonna face way more than just a suspension from Grab. Under the Road Traffic Act, a driver of a motor vehicle who uses a mobile communication device while the motor vehicle is in motion on a road is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both.

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