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Jakarta Post

Police to investigate intimidation against app-based transportation operators in Batam

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam, Riau Islands   /   Fri, September 29, 2017   /   10:43 am
Police to investigate intimidation against app-based transportation operators in Batam Harsh competition: Drivers of conventional taxis protest against ride-hailing apps in Surakarta, Central Java, on May 18. (Antara/Mohammad Ayudha)

Officers from the Batam, Rempang and Galang (Barelang) Police have promised to investigate alleged intimidation committed by drivers of conventional taxis against online-based transportation operators based in Batam, Riau Islands.

They see the alleged anarchism committed by conventional taxi drivers as dangerous to public order.

In the latest bout of violence, several taxi drivers attacked a vehicle suspected of being used by an app-based operator on last Thursday.

In the incident, a red sedan was rolled upside down by several taxi drivers angry at drivers working through online apps who picked up passengers in places traditionally set aside for taxi drivers.

Barelang Police chief Sr. Comr. Hengky said the police had arrested one suspected perpetrator involved in Thursday’s attack.

“We have detained him. We are calling on all Batam residents to stay calm and refrain from taking part in provocative measures,” said Hengky.

The police have recorded several attacks committed against online-based transportation operators.

The incidents take place mostly at Batam International Seaport, Hang Nadim International Aiport and near several shopping malls.

Riau Islands Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Saptono Erlangga said the police were committed to upholding the legal process.

“We will investigate crimes committed by conventional taxi drivers [against their competitors],” he said. (ebf)