Grab Suggests Online Taxi Exempted from Odd-Even Policy

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  • Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and Managing Director of Grab Indonesia Ridzki Kramadibrata at Gambir Expo Kemayoran, Jakarta, December 22, 2018. Tempo/Hendartyo Hanggi

    Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and Managing Director of Grab Indonesia Ridzki Kramadibrata at Gambir Expo Kemayoran, Jakarta, December 22, 2018. Tempo/Hendartyo Hanggi

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaGrab Indonesia CEO Ridzki Kramadibrata suggested the government exempt online-based transportation or online taxi from the odd-even policy in Jakarta, which will take effect starting September 9, 2019. Ridzki said the traffic policy will create negative impacts on drivers.

    “We suggest an exemption for the online taxi to ease the public and help stabilize the economy of drivers. Of course, we don’t want mass impact from the decline in income,” said Ridzki in the Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs office, Tuesday, August 13.

    He reiterated two factors that online taxi must be freed from the policy. First, it is considered as public transportation and supports the government’s program in minimizing the use of private vehicles in the capital. Secondly, policy implementation will have a direct impact on drivers. 

    In a day, Ridzki added, online taxi is able to complete 10 to 20 trips. “In my opinion, it will be truly fair should there is an immunity for the online taxi as we see from the side of drivers. They potentially lose their income,” Ridzki said.

    Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan earlier said the planned exemption of odd-even policy for online taxi has been canvassed with the ride-hailing application firms and city transportation agency last week. Anies said the discussion with related stakeholders is still afoot.

    EKO WAHYUDI