Grab driver in S'pore allegedly earned more than S$12,000 in 5 weeks, provides tips for other drivers

Haven't minus petrol, road tax, etcetera etcetera.

Fasiha Nazren | September 06, 2018, 06:39 PM

If you have not heard of #Earn1konMonday or #Earn1konSunday, it is basically a challenge among private-hire drivers in Facebook community pages like this one to earn S$1,000 on a specific day of the week.

As of now, nobody (that we know of) has successfully achieved this mission, although a few individuals came very close.

More than S$12,000 in 5 weeks

Enter Facebook user Raw Bean Tanned's friend.

According to his Sept. 4 post on community page ProDriver Inc (Grab / RYDE / TADA / Kardi / Urge Drivers SG), a friend of his has been driving for Grab for about two months.

In the span of five weeks, the private-hire driver has earned a total of S$12,469.50.

He achieved this by working a six-day week, about 12 to 14 hours daily.

Grab drivers can get an average of S$30 per hour during peak hours and S$25 per hour during non-peak hours.

This driver earns an average of S$29 per hour, which essentially means he is consistently earning peak hour rates.


This, however, does not take into account miscellaneous costs such as petrol, electronic road pricing (ERP), parking and etcetera.

Here's a breakdown of the driver's earnings:

1. July 30 to Aug. 5

Total fares: S$2,560.50

Total trips: 194

Average fare per trip: S$13.20

2. Aug. 6 to 12

Total fares: S$2,577

Total trips: 202

Average fare per trip: S$12.75

3. Aug. 13 to 19

Total fares: S$2,479

Total trips: 184

Average fare per trip: S$13.47

4. Aug. 20 to 26

Total fares: S$2,426

Total trips: 178

Average fare per trip: S$13.63

5. Aug. 27 to Sep. 1

Total fares: S$2,427

Total trips: 172

Average fare per trip: S$14.11

Pointers from Grab driver

If you're wondering how this particular driver manages to earn so much, here are some things that he has done and considered:

  • Drive 12-14 hours a day
  • Have two separate shifts per day: 7am to 12pm and 5pm to 12am
  • Drives significantly less on Sundays
  • Good sense of peak and non-peak periods
  • Bought second-hand child booster seat to accommodate to "cheapo" passengers with young children
  • Never rejects disabled or handicapped passengers
  • Can-do attitude and never-say-die mentality

Totally possible, says fellow drivers

Given that this is no mean feat, there were some private-hire drivers who congratulated the driver:

Others also mentioned that it actually is possible to earn that much within a week, although it can cost one's health to deteriorate.

And, without a doubt, there will always be the naysayers.


Top image from Raw Bean Tanned's Facebook page