Special regulation to accommodate ride-hailing apps: Indonesian govt

Special regulation to accommodate ride-hailing apps: Indonesian govt
A driver and passenger ride on a motorbike, part of the Go-Jek ride-hailing service, on a busy street in central Jakarta, Indonesia December 18, 2015.
PHOTO: Reuters

East Java Governor Soekarwo says the government should issue a regulation for online application-based transportation as it eased people's movement amid a lack of public transportation.

Soekarwo disagreed with an attempt by the Transportation Ministry to prohibit ride-hailing applications as he said online transportation such as Go-Jek and Grab Bike only needed to improve their systems.

"If [online transportation] was better managed, it would be good and more orderly," said Soekarwo as quoted by tempo.co.

Soekarwo said the rapid proliferation of online transportation also showed that technological advancement really benefited people and gave them easier access through ride-hailing applications, not only in terms of transportation but also in the delivery of food and other items.

Soekarwo added that the ever-growing technology could be considered as the fourth industrial revolution.

"Online transportation that can accommodate us with almost everything shows technological advancement," Soekarwo said.

Meanwhile, Jakarta Transportation Agency head Andri Yansyah said mass transportation in Jakarta should implement the system of ride-hailing applications as they were easy to monitor.

By implementing the system, Andri said, people would know that there were 130 public buses in Jakarta as well as their routes and the names of the drivers.

"Parents, for example, would be more at ease when their children use public transportation. [As they would know] the bus number, its route and who the driver is," Andri said as reported by Antara news agency.

On Thursday, general director of land transportation Djoko Sasono said that the ministry had issued Circular No. UM.302/1/21/Phb/2015, signed by Transportation Minister Ignatitus Jonan on Nov. 9.

The circular prohibited online application-based transportation such as Go-Jek, Uber and Grab Taxi, as the minister said they did not meet legal requirements to be modes of public transportation.

However, Ignatitus withdrew the circular later on Friday following public outcry, saying he realised that ojek filled the gap in the lack of reliable mass transportation.

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