SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Grab said on Friday it disagreed with the Singaporean anti-monopoly watchdog’s assessment that its takeover of Uber’s operations had harmed competition and called the commission’s suggested measure of removing exclusivity arrangements with drivers as “one-sided”.
FILE PHOTO: A ComfortDelgro taxi passes Uber and Grab offices in Singapore March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo
Earlier this year, Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] sold its Southeast Asian business to bigger regional rival Grab in exchange for a stake in the Singapore-based firm. But the deal has prompted regulatory scrutiny.
In early July, the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) provisionally found that the merger had substantially reduced competition and suggested various remedies, such as the sale of their car-leasing businesses and removing exclusivity obligations on drivers who use Grab’s ride-hailing platform.
The commission said in a statement that it received representations from Grab and Uber on Thursday and will make its final decision after “careful consideration of the involved parties’ representations, feedback on the proposed remedies as well as all available information and evidence.”
The anti-trust body has earlier proposed fines on the firms.
Grab in a written response said the commission allowed other players and new entrants to maintain or enter into exclusivity arrangements with drivers, private hire rental fleet and taxi operators without restrictions.
“Grab believes that this double standard goes against the spirit of increasing choices for drivers and…