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Grab, IFRC promote road safety in Southeast Asia

Anuradha Shukla | May 19, 2016
Sign a one-year partnership to provide emergency assistance in the region.

Grab and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have teamed on promoting road safety in Southeast Asia.

To this end, both partners have signed a one-year partnership, under which they will promote road safety and provide emergency assistance in the region.

All Grab fleet drivers working in Southeast Asia will also be equipped with life-saving skills and road safety knowledge.

In 2016, more than 2,000 GrabCar and GrabBike drivers will be trained free of cost and receive IFRC safety certifications upon completion of training.

"With safety as the backbone of Grab and the region's largest land fleet of over 270,000 drivers at our disposal, it was a natural consideration to partner with IFRC, the world's largest international humanitarian organisation, to proactively drive road safety and emergency response to keep the roads safe for all," said  Anthony Tan, CEO and Co-Founder of Grab. "In a region where economic loss from natural disasters constitute 51 per cent of global economic loss, we're proud that we can harness and train our fleet and call centre network to respond to emergency situations in service of Southeast Asian communities."

Singapore Red Cross

On a regional level, the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) and Grab Singapore will collaborate on providing 600 Grab drivers in Singapore with Citizen First Responder and Road Safety 101 training.

10 Grab Customer Experience Officers in Singapore will be trained and certified in Standard and Psychological First Aid within the year.

"Our partnership with Grab is synergistic in so many ways, but more importantly, it has potential to save lives," said Benjamin William, secretary general/CEO, Singapore Red Cross. "At the macro level, our collaboration enhances overall community resilience and serves social needs; on the personal level, it can help someone overcome distress or help a vulnerable family access Red Cross humanitarian services, like FoodAid."

Other services included in Grab and IFRC partnership are emergency alerts and assistance. These will be provided in disaster or congestion-prone countries where such services are crucial to saving lives during such mishaps.

Grab and IFRC will also team on promoting road safety awareness, delivering official transportation and distributing road safety education materials through Grab's fleet network to provide clear and simple life-saving messages to passengers.

 

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