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Pertamina offers 50 percent fuel cashback for app-based 'ojek' drivers

  • Norman Harsono
    Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 15, 2020   /   10:38 am
Pertamina offers 50 percent fuel cashback for app-based 'ojek' drivers App-based motorcycle taxi drivers refuel at Cikini gas station, Jakarta, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. To alleviate the impact due to COVID-19, Pertamina disbursed funds amounting to Rp13.5 billion in the form of 50% cashback to a maximum of Rp.15,000 for 10,000 App-based motorcycle taxi drivers to purchase Pertalite, Pertamax and Pertamax Turbo with the MyPertamina application. (JP/Seto Wardhana )

State-owned fuel distributor Pertamina rolled out on Tuesday a fuel discount scheme for app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers, who are the logistical lifeline for many self-isolating Indonesians.

Pertamina’s promotion, which will run until July 12, grants a driver a 50 percent discount worth up to Rp 15,000 (95 US cents) when paying for nonsubsidized gasoline using LinkAja, an e-wallet app partly owned by Pertamina. The discount will be given as a cashback within the e-wallet.

The scheme is also limited to 10,000 drivers per day and, in enforcing the limit, drivers have to register with the MyPertamina app. The fuel company has allocated Rp13.5 billion for the promotion.

“We hope this three-month program will reduce the costs borne by drivers when working,” said Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati on Monday.

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Demand for online delivery services, whether for meals or groceries, has risen over the past month while demand for rides has fallen as many Indonesian cities, including Jakarta, implement stricter physical distancing measures.

A report by big data firm Statqo Analytics said ride-hailing apps Grab and Gojek had experienced a 16 percent and 14 percent downturn, respectively, among their active ride-hailing users within the last week of March.

Meanwhile, a study by mobile marketing analytics and attribution platform AppsFlyer showed that downloads of food and beverage delivery apps had risen 23 percent from January to early March in Indonesia, while food delivery orders rose 11 percent.

A sign of MyPertamina apps service are seen at Cikini gas station, Jakarta, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. A sign of MyPertamina apps service are seen at Cikini gas station, Jakarta, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (JP/Seto Wardhana )

Pertamina, also on Monday, inaugurated a door-to-door delivery service for fuel, cooking gas and lubricants in 67 cities, including Greater Jakarta, Bandung in West Java and Denpasar in Bali. The service can be accessed through the company’s call center number 135 or WhatsApp account at 08111350135.