Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Transport Minister Urges Police to End App-based Transport

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan has called on the National Police (Polri) to take in and prosecute technology-based transportation providers that are still operating in Indonesia. "We hope that Polri could take the necessary, legal actions as outlined by law," said Jonan, in a letter registered as UM.302/1/21/Phb/2015, dated November 9, 2015.

    Jonan believed that the existence of such app-based transportation providers has continuously proved to be dilemmatic. "The proliferation of providers, such as Go-Jek, Grab Bike, Grab Car, Blu-Jek, Lady-Jek, and the likes have culminated in pressures - especially from traditional operators of land-based transportation," he said.

    The argument that Jonan based his decision on is that app-based transportation providers are not operating under existing laws - as such, cannot legally be classified as public transportation. "These providers are not regulated and/or operating under the rules set out by Law No. 22/2009 on Traffic and Road Transportation, as well as Government Decree No. 74/2014," said Jonan.

    To date, there are no laws regulating the operations of app-based land transportation providers in Indonesia.

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