Uber Rejects Allegations of 'Illegal' Operations in Jakarta

Transportation app Uber says it is now allowed to operate in Jakarta. (AFP Photo/Sam Yeh)

By : Vanesha Manuturi | on 1:00 AM September 05, 2015
Category : News, Jakarta, Transportation

Jakarta. The impoundment of cars whose drivers were using the ride-sharing smartphone application Uber is based on “false and frivolous allegations,” San Francisco-based developer Uber Technologies said in a statement on Friday.

The Jakarta Police, along with the Jakarta Transportation Agency and the Organization of Land Transport Operators (Organda), apprehended ten drivers who used the ride-sharing app in East Jakarta last week, as part of a campaign against Uber drivers in the capital that was kicked off in July.

Karun Arya, a spokesman for Uber, stressed that said that no arrests were made last week, and added that the company will “stand by” its commercial driver partners.

“Uber is fully committed to ensuring that we and every one of our thousands of commercial driver partners are fully compliant with applicable local regulations,” Arya said in a statement on Friday.

In Indonesia, he said, Uber collaborates with rental cars companies -- which can operate legally under current transport law and regulations -- to provide its car booking services.

“Since we launched in Jakarta, we’ve received overwhelming support from hundreds of thousands of Jakartans, who use Uber’s reliable, safe and convenient service for their daily commute,” he added.

The developer is currently working to establish a company in Indonesia, according to Arya. It has also been “actively requesting” a meeting with government officials, such as Transportation Agency head Andri Yansya and Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahja Purnama.

Uber has faced a wave of protest both from authorities and traditional taxi drivers since the launch of its service in Jakarta last August, with opponents claiming that Uber drivers are not complying with the rules of public transportation.

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