GrabWheels E-Scooters Set to Be Strictly Regulated



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Jakarta transportation agency is eyeing to finalize the regulation that would oversee the operations of electric scooters (e-scooters), or locally known as “otopet”, by the end of this year. This is said to be a direct effect of the spiking demand for this type of transportation. 

    “The regulation is hoped to be completed next month. We are currently discussing it,” said the Head of the Jakarta transportation agency, Syafrin Liputo on Tuesday, November 12. 

    According to Syafrin, the rules will also oversee scooter users that operate the motorized vehicle over pedestrian bridges (JPO) by implementing sanctions for those who violate. This follows the damage sustained by the JPO nearby FX Sudirman caused by Grab's scooter riders. 

    “They can be handed sanctions once the regulation is done,” said Syafrin. 

    These e-scooters have grabbed public attention after ride-hailing firm Grab introduced its GrabWheels service, which utilizes motorized electric scooters. The agency will also coordinate with Grab as the service provider to help introduce the upcoming regulation to its users. 

    As of now, the GrabWheels scooters are only allowed to operate within the Gelora Bung Karno area and bicycle lanes in public highways. E-scooters is also slated to be banned from car-free-day events as it is deemed dangerous for pedestrians.