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Jakarta Post

How ride-hailing regulations reflect ambivalent politics of ‘scooter class’

  • Shah Suraj Bharat and Lukas Schlogl


Jakarta/Vienna   /   Mon, July 29, 2019   /  05:04 pm
How ride-hailing regulations reflect ambivalent politics of ‘scooter class’ A Jakarta resident uses his smartphone to access a ride-hailing application. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

The four words sesuai aplikasi aja bang (“according to the application bro”) are all a hungry or commuting urbanite needs today to have food delivered or navigate the clogged streets of the country. Convenience being the order of the day, the on-demand world of Go-Jek has even created a template that saves our tired fingers the hassle of typing out the magic four words. Best of all, the services offered by app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers are a bargain. When combined with the seemingly infinite supply of promo codes, short journeys cost as little as Rp 2,000 (US$0.14) and food delivery is often free. An app-based ojek driver is never more than a few minutes away. Green-helmet services have become a ubiquitous phenomenon across the country, with estimates claiming over 2.7 million driver-partners under the duopoly of Grab and Go-Jek. Millions in the country...

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