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Jakarta Post

Meet Taxijek: Motorcycle taxi with a meter

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 22 2012   /  08:28 am

When traffic is no longer bearable and public transportation cannot be trusted, residents of Greater Jakarta turn to motorcycle taxis, better known as ojek, as their preferred mode of transportation.

Despite the presence of ojek on every corner, choosing a suitable driver can be hard on a potential passenger.

Surprisingly, given its vital role, motorcycle taxis remain the most unregulated form of public transportation in the city.

There have been no campaigns to promote safe ojek driving, nor is the skill of ojek drivers verified.

And please — don’t even ask about passenger helmets.

Negotiating a price is also a problem. Ojek fares depend on many variables: the amount of traffic, the time of day, the weather, the distance traveled, and, of course, a driver’s opinion on what is “cheap” and a passenger’s definition of what is “expensive...