We Just Want Safety, Minister Says Amid Protests of App-Based Drivers

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi speaks to reporters on Monday (29/01). (JG Photo/Amal Ganesha)

By : Amal Ganesha | on 1:26 PM January 31, 2018
Category : Business, Transportation

Jakarta. The government is doing what it must for the safety of public transportation, a minister said on Tuesday (30/01), just a day after drivers of app-based taxi services protested against a newly revised regulation that will limit their operations.

The drivers rallied in Jakarta on Monday to protest the regulation, which introduces three major changes to the existence of ride-hailing companies such as Grab and Uber.

Although they have improved the quality of life in Indonesia, the new rules that were drafted in October pose challenges to their drivers.

"They have to posses KIR [a certificate of roadworthiness], a driving license for public transportation vehicles and have a [15-centimeter] sticker on their cars," Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi told reporters at his office in Jakarta.

The minister also met with representatives of the thousands of drivers who were protesting on Monday.

"Our task is to ensure safety in transportation. The revised regulation is to support it," he said, adding that new fare limits and KIR are for the safety of passengers.

"We don't want to limit their operations, we know this service is needed. And we even urge conventional taxi companies to start using technology."

The minister said his deputies are still in talks with associations of app-based taxi drivers, although the regulation becomes effective on Thursday.

The ministry will soon meet with the House of Representatives Commission V, which oversees transportation, to discuss the impact of the new rules..

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