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Jakarta Post

Commuters feel pinch of ‘ojek’ price hike

  • Riza Roidila Mufti and Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, May 6, 2019   /  09:19 pm
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Hundreds of motorcycle taxi drivers rally in front of the South Sumatra Council on April 23 to demand an increase in fares.(Antara/Feny Selly)

A ministerial decree setting a price floor for ojek (motorcycle taxi) services offered through smartphone apps has prompted complaints from commuters, who say they are beginning to feel the pinch of the regulation that went into effect on May 1. Twenty-eight-year-old Jakarta resident Norma said she had to pay more to get to work since the increase. “Usually, it only cost me Rp 7,000 [50 US cents], but now it has become Rp 10,000,” she said, adding that she didn’t have a long way to travel. The price hike has prompted her to consider the public minivan as an alternative, which would take more of her time because of the longer route but would reduce her transportation expenses. Fauziah Astrid, a frequent online ojek user from Makassar, said she was now resorting to a combination of walking, public transportation or hitching a ride with a friend for the 14-kilomet...