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Ministry to issue revised 'online taxi' regulation in December

  • Yulia Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang   /   Mon, November 19, 2018   /   02:36 pm
Ministry to issue revised 'online taxi' regulation in December Taxi drivers protest ride-hailing transportation services on May 18, 2017 in Surakarta, Central Java. (Antara/Mohammad Ayudha)

The Transportation Ministry is to release a revised regulation on "online taxis" and ride-hailing transportation services in December, officials have said.

The ministry previously issued Regulation No. 108/2017 on non-route public transportation services, but the Supreme Court struck down several clauses in the regulation in September following a petition for judicial review submitted by ride-hailing drivers.

The ministry’s land transportation director general, Budi Setiyadi, said the new regulation omitted the offending clauses and had been tested in the six cities of Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung (West Java), Surabaya (East Java), Medan (North Sumatra) and Makassar (South Sulawesi).

“Rules on KIR [roadworthiness test] and stickers [special stickers from the ministry] are no longer be in the regulation to be issued in December,” Budi said on Saturday, adding that rules on pricing and limits on operational areas would still be included.

He said that the regulation also included minimum service standards on insurance, recruitment standards for drivers and a requirement for ride-hailing applications to provide a panic button to call emergency services.

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi particularly requested that online car-sharing and ride-hailing companies be more stringent in recruiting their drivers. “There must be a good recruitment process because it affects the services the public receives,” he said. (kmt/ipa)