The Jakarta Post
On Jakarta’s crowded streets, public minibuses called Metromini and Kopaja are a source of irritation for other road users. Not only because of their daredevil maneuverings but their thick, black, exhaust fumes endanger our lungs.
There have been a lot of accidents involving minibuses since they first hit the Jakarta streets 30 years or so ago, the worst being the plunge of a Metromini into the polluted Sunter River in North Jakarta in 1994. A total of 33 passengers were killed. The driver was convicted of murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison, despite his pleas that he never had any intention to kill.
Only recently, an angry mob wrecked a Metromini on Jl. Otista Raya in East Jakarta and beat its driver after it sideswiped a motorcycle, severely injuring a woman. The accident happened as the minibus attempted to exit the dedicated TransJakarta lane.
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