Online Taxi Drivers` Income Drops 50 Percent according to Survey

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The average income among drivers of online ride-hailing app services, either car or motorcycle drivers (online taxi / ojek), showed a constant drop despite being right at the provincial minimum wage (UMP) level.

    The study conducted by the Transportation Study Institute (Instran) said that 72.3 percent online taxi service drivers that were asked by the institute said that their dropping income is mainly compared to the first time they started their profession.

    The survey was conducted on 300 online taxi drivers in the Jakarta Greater Area (Jabodetabek), Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and Bali. Out of 217 drivers that claimed to experience a drop in income, 32.3 percent of them revealed that the drop was around 40 to 50 percent.

    36.8 percent of respondents said that this phenomenon is caused by the growing number of online ride-hailing services. The rest said that other elements contributed such as the tariff cap, points and target system imposed by companies, reduced bonuses, fewer consumers, traffic, and regulatory changes.

    The survey further revealed that the income of 29 percent online taxi drivers earn a daily income that either range from Rp300,000 up to Rp400,000. While only 9.3 percent of respondents claimed to be able to generate an income up to Rp600,000 daily.

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