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Jakarta Post

Viral message calls on users to pay ride-hailing drivers in cash

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 12, 2018   /   01:13 pm
Viral message calls on users to pay ride-hailing drivers in cash Dozens of "ojek" (motorcycle taxi) drivers wait for passengers on a road near Palmerah Station in Jakarta on March 8. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

A message that has gone viral on social media is calling on users of ride-hailing services to pay their drivers in cash, as many banks are closed during the Idul Fitri (Lebaran) holiday.

“Brothers and sisters, if you want to use ojek (motorcycle taxi) services, may [I] suggest, please pay in cash starting today up to after Lebaran,” the message, posted on Monday, says.

According to the post, if customers conduct transactions through payment methods like Go-Pay, the drivers would not be able to withdraw cash from their accounts until after Idul Fitri, as many banks will resume services on June 19.

“It is a pity for them, as they need cash to buy gas for their work and for other daily needs, particularly during the Lebaran Holiday,” the message says.

The sender called on social media users to spread the message. “It is for the sake of helping the ojek online drivers meet their daily needs. Small acts will be helpful for them.”

Meanwhile, chairman of the National Online Drivers Association (Aliando) Babe Bowie confirmed that the drivers could only cash money earned from Go-Pay on June 19, except for those who hold BCA cards issued by the company.

Go-Jek VP of corporate communications Michael Say said the company had informed the drivers about the payment schedule.

“We suggest that drivers not worry and maintain their good services to customers, regardless of their payment method,” he said as reported by “For the partner [drivers] who have BCA accounts, they could cash their Go-Pay money in real time.” (bbn)