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Go-Jek, Grab reluctant to respond to govt’s request

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 12, 2018   /   05:02 pm
Go-Jek, Grab reluctant to respond to govt’s request Dozens of "ojek" (motorcycle taxi) drivers wait for passengers near Palmerah Station in Jakarta on March 8. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The Transportation Ministry has set a Friday deadline for app-based ride-hailing providers to change chair legal status into transportation companies, but Go-Jek and Grab have so far been reluctant to comment on the requirement.

“It would be better to ask to the minister [about the deadline],” Grab Indonesia spokeswoman Dewi Nuraini said in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Grab Indonesia managing director Ridzki Kramadibrata had also declined to comment on the matter last week, saying only that he would discuss it with the related parties.

Meanwhile, Go-Jek officials have yet to respond to telephone calls and text messages made by kontan.co.id seeking comments on a potential change of the company’s status.

Previously, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that his ministry would require app-based ride-hailing providers to register as transportation companies so that the ministry would have authority over their services.

They are currently under the supervision of the Communications and Information Ministry.

Following Grab’s recent purchase of Uber’s Southeast Asian operations, Grab and Go-Jek are now the only ride-hailing providers in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) analyst Heru Sutadi said that Go-Jek and Grab preferred to maintain their current status as app-based ride-hailing companies instead of transportation operators.

“One of their reasons was that they do not own [the] vehicles,” Heru added. (bbn)