The Piaggo Ape vehicle which will be used for GrabTrike Premium in Bohol features a Euro-4 compliant engine and can accommodate four to six persons.
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More than 100 modern Piaggo Ape units, three-wheeled vehicles with a similar design as the traditional motorela, will soon ply the streets of Tagbilaran City, Dauis and Panglao and offer ride-hailing services to the public.
The premium tricycle service will be offered through GrabTrike which is set to be launched in Bohol by ride-hailing giant Grab Philippines in March, said Jolly Aquino, assistant general manager of Tagbilaran-based Lockwheel Motors Corp., Grab’s exclusive Piaggo Ape dealer in the province.
According to Aquino, the Euro-4 compliant vehicle which will be used by GrabTrike Premium can accommodate four to six persons.
It has a reverse gear and a built-in chassis, features a regular tricycle does not have.
It runs on transmission and not on chains. It’s just like a 4-wheel vehicle, he said.
Grab will be partnering with local government units in rolling out the new service since tricycle franchises are under the supervision of LGUs.
The Tagbilaran City and Dauis governments have initially committed to make available 30 and 50 franchises, respectively. Panglao is also expected to provide more or less 50 franchises, Aquino said.
Minimum fare for the GrabTrike premium is also for approval by the LGU.
The Bohol Chronicle, February 3, 2019