Indonesia’s largest taxi operator, Blue Bird, is set to expand its business by opening services in Batam, Riau Islands, and Pekanbaru, Riau, in September.
The company has thus far prepared 100 taxi units for the two additional cities. It will operate 50 units in each city.
“We decided to open our services there because we think the two cities are promising markets,” said Blue Bird Group public relations head Teguh Wijayanto on Monday.
Teguh said his company was still preparing the infrastructure for the taxi services after securing operation licenses from the local governments.
“We are still preparing the taxi pool, garages and reservation system,” he said, adding that the taxis in the two additional cities would not be equipped with a global positioning system (GPS) like taxis in Jakarta.
The taxis, he said as reported by tribunnews.com, will use the newly launched Toyota Limo.
The Blue Bird group currently operates around 23,000 taxi units which are spread in ten cities across the country, including in Greater Jakarta, Medan in North Sumatra, Palembang in South Sumatra and Semarang in Central Java. (riz/iwa)