The Jakarta Post
Some angkot (public minivan) drivers who serve Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, halted operations on Monday morning in protest of the Jakarta administration’s decision to launch Transjakarta services in the area, which has caused them to lose customers.
Passengers were told to exit angkot as the drivers began the protest on Jl. Pahlawan Revolusi.
The angkot that have taken the biggest hit since Transjakarta began operating in the area three months ago are those that serve the Kampung Melayu-Pulogadung, Pangkalan Jati-Rawamangun, Pangkalan Jati-Pondok Gede and Pondok Gede-Pulogebang routes.
Lamser Hasugian, one of the drivers, said their income had decreased as, prior to the Transjakarta services, he earned Rp 300,000 (US$21) per day, but now he only earned one-third of that.
“We don’t need to have a car or a house. The most important thing is that we can provide for our wives and kids. Please don’t disturb our lives,” Lamser said on Monday as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com.
He added that the drivers had delivered a letter to the East Jakarta Transportation Agency to voice their concerns, but they had yet to receive a response. (cal/rai)