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Online ojek drivers to protest, ask for regulation

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 22, 2017   /   06:13 pm
Online ojek drivers to protest, ask for regulation Hundreds of "ojek" (motorcycle taxi) drivers from Gojek stage a peaceful rally to demand a better revenue system in front of the Gojek office on Jl. Asia Afrika, Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Oct. 3. (Antara/Reno Esnir)

Some communities of app-based ojek (motorcyle taxis) are going to hold a mass demonstration on Thursday morning, demanding the government issue a regulation that acknowledges their existence.

Andre, the coordinator of Gojek Driver Activist (ADG), said the drivers would gather at the gate of the National Monument (Monas) at 9 a.m. before heading to the Transportation Ministry building and the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta.

"At first, we would like to apologize for the traffic jam and possible difficulty in finding drivers due to our actions tomorrow," Andre said at the Jakarta Citizen Forum (FAKTA) office in East Jakarta on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

He said the app-based ojek drivers wanted to have a legal regulation acknowledging their existence, just like what had been obtained by app-based ride-hailing taxis, and which are already regulated under the Transportation Ministerial Decree no. 108/2017 on non-route public transportation.

"We promise that this is going to be a peaceful demonstration. We want to ask for legal regulation from the government," he said.

Andre said ojek drivers from ride-hailing app Gojek were going to be represented by six communities in Jakarta, with a total of about 500 drivers.

FAKTA head Azas Tigor Nainggolan said the app-based ojek drivers wanted to be acknowledged and protected by the government.

"Regulation is needed to acknowledge, rule and protect their rights from ride-hailing app providers, which often take them for granted," he said. (ecn)