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'Ojol' drivers self-organize to help each other on streets

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Jakarta   /   Fri, July 26, 2019   /  12:23 pm
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Traffic is held up as app-based "ojek" (motorcycle taxi) drivers wait to pick up passengers at Palmerah Station in Jakarta in this file photo.(The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan )

For many app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers, the phrase “strength in numbers” may echo deep in their daily lives. With most of their time spent on the road, many drivers from both homegrown firm Gojek and Malaysia-based ride-hailing service Grab have forged a bond in the form of organized communities with the main purpose of looking out for each other. According to ojol (online ojek) driver Wahyudi, there are around 300 ojol communities around Greater Jakarta whose members comprise drivers from both companies. “Everyone says it is good to be a member of the communities as not only do we make new friends, we also get information on traffic. We help each other in any situation; it feels like a family to me,” he said on Thursday. The self-organized groups were mentioned in the recent findings of a study carried out on ride-hailing communities by a U...