Minister suggests app provider encouraged drivers to protest
The Jakarta Post
Transportation Minister Buki Karya Sumadi has suggested that a ride-hailing application provider encouraged drivers to protest the recently revised Transportation Ministerial Regulation No. 108/2018 on non-route public transportation.
“I am concerned there is an application provider that provoked a rejection of the regulation,” said Budi in Jakarta on Sunday as reported by kompas.com.
He, however, declined to mention the name of the provider.
He stressed that the regulation had considered various issues, from passenger safety to healthy competition between taxis and ride-hailing services.
Hundreds of drivers of ride-hailing apps staged a protest in Jakarta on Jan. 29 to demand that the Transportation Ministry revise the regulation, which was previously revised following protests by the drivers.
He said the government had tried to satisfy the interests of conventional taxi drivers and drivers of ride-hailing services, as well as the interests of the customers.
The drivers had protested several requirements stipulated in the regulation, including the requirement that all vehicles conduct roadworthy tests and the requirement that stickers issued by the ministry be placed on the front and back windows of the vehicles.
The changes were initially to take effect on Feb. 1, but the ministry delayed passing the regulation because of the protest. (bbn)
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