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Jakarta Post

Grab, Gojek drivers want exemption from odd-even traffic scheme

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 20, 2019   /  07:48 pm
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Signs inform drivers about the odd-even license plate traffic policy. The Jakarta administration is conducting a monthlong trial run of the expanded policy ahead of its planned full implementation on Sept. 9. (JP/Rafaela Chandra)

The Jakarta administration’s plan to expand the odd-even license plate policy in an attempt to tackle congestion and air pollution has prompted strong protest from driver partners of ride-hailing apps, who claim the move poses a risk to their business. Hundreds of drivers offering their services through smartphone apps run by Grab and Gojek staged a rally in front of City Hall on Monday afternoon, demanding the city administration exempt them from the vehicle restriction. “We want the administration to exclude online taxis in the odd-even traffic scheme, as it would disrupt our operations,” Ali Famansyah said on Monday. Wawan Kurniawan, a driver from Bogor who joined the rally, said he feared he would get fewer orders as his mobility would be restricted once the expansion was fully enforced. "I have an even license plate. If I am not exempted from the o...