Grab driver suspended after allegedly driving teen girl to 'dead-end' and telling her to sit in front

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Update:

The Grab driver has been arrested after two other female passengers lodged separate reports against him for making them feel unsafe.

Original Article:

Grab is investigating an incident where one of its drivers allegedly drove a teenage passenger to a 'dead-end' and told her to sit in front with him.

Grab told Stomp the driver has been suspended as investigations are ongoing.

Several Stompers alerted Stomp to a Facebook post about the incident put up by the girl's mother, Ellis Phua.

Ellis shared the incident to warn girls to "be careful" especially when taking rides alone.

She said her daughter was lucky to escape from the incident.

The post included photos of a police report that was made on Monday (Feb 3).

According to the report, the girl had booked a ride from Block 184 Pasir Ris Street 11 to Yio Chu Kang Swimming Complex at about 10.19am on Monday.

She noted the Grab driver had missed the correct exit and proceeded onto the Seletar Expressway (SLE).

The driver then purportedly ended up driving along Ang Mo Kio Street 65 but instead of turning right onto Ang Mo Kio Street 64, he turned left instead.

The 17-year-old described it as a "dead-end".

"Throughout the journey, he was quiet except while driving towards Ang Mo Kio Street 64," she said.

"He kept asking if I was free and I had extra time.

"I told him that I was late and I need to be in school as I have class at 11am.

"While we were at the dead end, he stopped and wanted me to sit at the front seat.

"He also said he wanted to take me home.

"I insisted again that I have to be in school.

"He almost got [out of] the car but he did not."

The girl said after a while, the driver "apologised" and continued driving and told her to get off along Ang Mo Kio Street 64.

"I did not want to have any contact with him hence, I placed $17 on the rear seat and got [out of] the car."

She added that she also reported the incident to Grab.

In response to a Stomp query, a Grab spokesman said: "Grab is aware of this incident and has suspended the said driver-partner as investigations are ongoing. 

"Our users’ safety are important to us and we have zero tolerance for indecent behaviour. 

"We urge both passengers and driver-partners to treat each other with respect."