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Jakarta Post

Lack of land availability hampers plan to organize app-based 'ojek' drivers in Tanah Abang

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 4, 2019   /  03:14 pm
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App-based motorcycle taxi drivers wait on the side road of Jl. Jati Baru Raya in Central Jakarta in this file photo.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Tanah Abang textile market in Central Jakarta has always been busy, both inside its buildings where the trading takes place and outside on the streets where vehicles, pedestrians and street vendors compete for space. Residents can easily point out that one of the most crowded spots in the area is near the Tanah Abang railway station, located next to the market; passengers getting on and off the train, angkot (public minivans) drivers stop their vehicles to pick up commuters and, of course, drivers of ride-hailing applications waiting for passengers. As a regular commuter from South Tangerang in Banten to Jakarta, Desiana sees herself as having an ongoing love-hate relationship with the two-wheeled vehicles swarming Tanah Abang. Dozens of drivers of ride-hailing apps Gojek and Grab regularly throng Jl. Jatibaru Bengkel, Jl. Taman Jatibaru Barat, Jl. Taman Jatibaru Timur and J...