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Business watchdog to hold hearing for Grab, partner

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 17, 2019   /   02:50 pm
Business watchdog to hold hearing for Grab, partner A phone user opens the Grab Indonesia app (Shutterstock/Jirapong Manustrong )

The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) said it would schedule a hearing for ride-hailing app Grab Indonesia and its business partner, PT Teknologi Pengangkutan Indonesia (TPI), after they were accused unfair business practices. 

KPPU commissioner Guntur Saragih said the commission suspected that Grab had been discriminatory toward its drivers. He said Grab reportedly gave higher priority to drivers from PT TPI over its individual drivers.

“The TPI [case] will be heard in the near future. TPI supplies a portion of Grab’s drivers for car services. Grab also has independent drivers,” Guntur said on Wednesday as quoted by kontan.co.id.

He said the KPPU considered that such treatment went against the principals of fair business practices. 

Guntur said the hearing would decide whether the companies had violated regulations. 

“If they are declared guilty, they face a maximum fine of Rp 25 billion (US$1.79 million),” he said. 

Guntur said Grab had to give equal treatment to its drivers.

Meanwhile, he, added, the KPPU was also probing online payment app Ovo, which allegedly monopolized payments in certain parking facilities at shopping malls. “If certain parking facilities only use Ovo, this violates [regulations],” Guntur added. (bbn)