Thursday, 28 August 2014

Getting On The Uber Ride

Isn't it ironic that just as SPAD annouces that the UBER, the mobile app that lets us request, ride and pay for our ride (with private vehicles other than cabs) via our mobile phone was announced to be illegal that I finally found the need to use their service.
Source : The Sun
I needed a ride home on Thursday and was contemplating of just taking the Komuter and then walk home because it's a pain in the arse to get a cab to send me all the way to my apartment. Plus, cabs at KTM Komuter Serdang which is barely 3km away from my apartment charges an exorbitant flat rate AND occasionally they take in more than one passenger. Untung lah... Yeah, I actually find the idea of spending about two hours - waiting for komuter, boarding komuter and finally walking more attractive than getting a cab. Says a lot about our taxi service, right?

Anyways, saw on Facebook a friend mentioning about using her Uber code to get a free ride up to RM30.00 so I thought I might as well try the service. 

Since I'm very blur about getting apps downloaded to my phone, had a few tries and I think I got something jumbled up but I did open an account with Uber. (It's actually easy lah but I'm a blur sotong).

I made a request at 6.30pm and less than a minute, my designated driver called me to confirm. Had to wait a few minutes for him to arrive because well, Mid Valley was jammed a bit (what's new?).

Instead of a luxury car, I chose Uber X so a Myvi came. 

Very courteous and careful driver, who told me he came from Ipoh and became an Uber driver after finding it hard to find jobs in Kuala Lumpur. He continued to tell me that working under Uber beats working shifts in factories and is better than working as cab drivers (cab drivers, he confided to me; hates Uber drivers so they had to be careful when picking up passengers in case taxi drivers picks fight with them).

Anyways, I had a smooth trip home. It was the usual jam trip, and it took me almost an hour. An hour trip of about 20km cost me RM23.16 which is pretty reasonable.

I was supposed to get the first trip free using the promo code but I wasn't able to key-in the code, but I'm looking into it and already sent a fare review request to Uber. I've gotten feedback from other users that they had no problem redeeming their first free ride.

Soo... anyways, if you want to try Uber ride (luxury cars aplenty... choose Uber Black, I was told), do click this link :
The promo code is ubercikarnab
You should arrive to this page when you click the above link. 
Try them out lah. At least once. Even with the glitch on the first ride which was suppose to be free, I like this service. A LOT. I do hope to get a reply from Uber people soon to clarify the matter so maybe I can use them again and not depend so much on the hubby to send me to events (yeah, like so popular one. Hahaha)

p.s. I am not paid for this post. I really use them in need and not as a reviewer tau. But if you use the service with my promo code, you get a free ride worth up to RM30.00 and I get a free ride too. 
So, thank you in advance! ^^

22 comments:

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    1. and other cities around the world. ;)

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  2. Eh, I am so blur did not know about this service. Yeah, getting cab is a pain! I will check this out, thanks for the info!

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    1. You should try it. Use the free first ride to experience lah! No harm. :)

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  3. Seems good wo, but available at Taiping? :p

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    1. Taiping people needs a lot of chauffeuring? hihihi

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  4. sound like a bit like Bluebird cab in Indon. Courteous.

    Yes...if got such good service then why illegal? Hmm..maybe......

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    1. Illegal because taxi association complain to SPAD and SPAD dig out that Uber has no permit to carry passengers as a public transport lor...

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  5. i know the area that you mentioened....very hard to get cab and they only charges flat fees! ikut meter? u jalan kaki la they say. Complain to the cab company? waste my electricity to email or call them as no action will be taken.

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    1. Jalan kaki better.

      It's only about 1km+ from KTM Serdang to Mines. Less than 20 min sudah sampai. I've done it many times. Hahaha

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  6. Oh, this is something new to me.. haven't heard of this till now... perhaps this is safer than the normal cabs on the streets....

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    1. Each car is monitored real-time so Uber knows exactly where their drivers are.

      A plus, I don't need to have cash to pay. Uber charge the ride automatically to credit card and the driver will show you the amount and you receive a notification plus an email about the fees.

      Cool.

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  7. I love this post very much! It made my mood happier to hear this service. I will want to find out more and discuss with friends as we have the same issues like you. I may have cars at home but I still take LRT and Monorail sometimes besides the cabs. I drive too much and too long during office so I am good at estimating ways to avoid jams by hopping onto trains during weekends!
    Happy Merdeka to you and family!

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    1. It's good service.

      Calling a cab to come also sometimes no cab mari.

      This one, I can see even before I put a request in for a car whether there are one nearby or not from the app. I suka! :)

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  8. oh, never heard of this UBER thing.. thanks for sharing..

    but then it's wrong when the SPAD chairman claimed it's illegal.. depends how you actually view it lah..

    like there are always parents paying relatives or neighbors monthly a fixed amount to send their kids to school everyday..

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    1. true lah...

      It's been on business since early Jan, if not mistaken but only now got hooha about it because taxis are viewing Uber as a competition. SPAD so saying the taxi association that's why must quickly announce it's illegal. Don't you think?

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  9. gotta learn to know more about this UBER thing.. i was a little hesitant considering the safety, but then with your experience and explanation, i think it is okay woh.. afterall, we cannot guaranteed called cab are safe also right??

    "Each car is monitored real-time so Uber knows exactly where their drivers are. A plus, I don't need to have cash to pay. Uber charge the ride automatically to credit card and the driver will show you the amount and you receive a notification plus an email about the fees."

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    1. Yalah.

      I like the fact that Uber can monitor each car in their fleet. Somehow feel safer like that. Plus, when you request a car, the driver's profile and car plate no. is sent to you for reference. I view this as added security measure. Can screenshoot it and send to others if anything happens.

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  10. Do I get to use this service if I am in KL? I want to try it too.

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    1. Sure. Just download the app ECL.

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