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Jakarta Post

‘Unruly renters give us bad name’: E-scooter owners brace for regulation

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 21, 2019   /  07:32 am
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The wheel deal: People ride GrabWheels electric scooters in BSD City, South Tangerang, Banten, on Thursday. The Jakarta administration is currently drafting a gubernatorial decree on micro mobility vehicles such as skateboards, inline skates, conventional scooters and e-scooters following a fatal accident that killed two e-scooter users.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Long before electric scooter rental services were available, Andi Fachri used his own micro mobility vehicle for the first leg of his daily commute. He regularly commutes from his house in Ampera in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, using an e-scooter before continuing his trip on the MRT to his office near Bunderan HI Station in Central Jakarta. Before the MRT was up and running, he had to take an app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) to work each day. However, a recent accident that caused the deaths of two e-scooter riders in Sudirman, Central Jakarta, has given rise to questions about the safety of micro mobility vehicles, prompting the city administration to make plans for a regulation to restrict their use. Commenting on the accident, Fachri said people were still so excited about e-scooter rental services, such as GrabWheels, that they were reckless when it came to safety. ...