App-Based Motorcycle Taxi Drivers Protest to Demand Gov't Regulation

A man holds up a flare during a protest by motorcycle taxi drivers in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday (23/11). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

By : JG | on 7:29 PM November 23, 2017
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

More than a thousand motorcycle taxi drivers employed by online ride-hailing services Go-Jek, Grab and Uber protested in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday (23/11) to demand that the government issues a clear regulation on app-based transportation services in Indonesia.

"President Jokowi has had good intentions since 2015, inviting drivers to lunch at the State Palace, but until now, there has been no regulation," said Slamet, a motorcycle taxi driver, referring to President Joko Widodo by his popular nickname.

Speaking during the protest action, Jakarta Citizens Forum (Fakta) chairman Azas Tigor Nainggolan asked the government to immediately pay attention to the matter.

He added that although app-based motorcycle taxis have been operating in Indonesia for many years, there has yet to be a regulation that deals with job security, remuneration and various other employment-related issues.

Tigor said drivers have so far found themselves in a weak negotiating position when the companies employing them make policies that are detrimental to drivers.

"The companies like to change the rates arbitrarily and like to suspend us without verification. We as drivers cannot do anything," said Ade, another motorcycle taxi driver.

"At first, we could get Rp 4,000 [30 US cents] per kilometer. Now we only get Rp 1,000 – the same you pay to use a toilet!," he added.

Tigor said motorcycle taxi drivers want a regulation similar to the one on app-based car taxis, issued by the Ministry of Transportation earlier.

Protesters cross the road outside the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Protesters cross the road outside the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Some of the protesters hold up a banner with the words: 'An app-based motorcycle taxi regulation must be issued soon.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Some of the protesters hold up a banner with the words: 'An app-based motorcycle taxi regulation must be issued soon.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Protesters carry a banner calling on President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo to issue a regulation that legalizes app-based motorcycle taxis. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Protesters carry a banner calling on President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo to issue a regulation that legalizes app-based motorcycle taxis. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A police officer maintains order during the protest. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A police officer maintains order during the protest. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A motorcycle taxi driver speaks during the protest. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A motorcycle taxi driver speaks during the protest. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A protester holds up a poster saying: 'We are partners, not slaves.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A protester holds up a poster saying: 'We are partners, not slaves.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A banner reads: 'Go-Jek is great because of the drivers, not because of football.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A banner reads: 'Go-Jek is great because of the drivers, not because of football.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Protesting drivers said Go-Jek, as a local company, should care about its fellow Indonesians (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Protesting drivers said Go-Jek, as a local company, should care about its fellow Indonesians (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Drivers employed by Go-Jek, Grab and Uber demonstrate in front of the State Palace, with the National Monument (Monas) in the background. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) Drivers employed by Go-Jek, Grab and Uber demonstrate in front of the State Palace, with the National Monument (Monas) in the background. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

A couple wearing T-shirts with protest messages. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) A couple wearing T-shirts with protest messages. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)


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