Pedestrian Watchdog Demand GrabWheels Operator's Responsibility



Mahinda Arkyasa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaHead of the pedestrian's watchdog "Koalisi Pejalan Kaki" Alfred Sitorus, suspected that the accident that killed two GrabWheels e-scooter recently was being ignored by Grab as the service's provider. 

    "GrabWheels' company should be the one responsible for the lack of control regarding its safety aspect," said Alfred in Jakarta on Friday, November 15, 2019.

    Alfred also called for the Ministry of Transportation to act decisively as there are currently no regulations overseeing the operations of electric scooters on public roads. 

    Koalisi Pejalan Kaki had also received multiple complaints related to the danger and inconvenience caused by e-scooter riders for pedestrians. GrabWheels scooters are able to reach speeds fast enough to injure pedestrians.

    Moreover, transportation observer Azas Tigor Nainggolan argued that GrabWheels operators must take responsibility for the deadly accident following the lack of clear regulation concerning the new transportation mode. 

    Azas also said that Grab, as the operator of GrabWheels, should temporarily stop providing electric scooters services until a clear regulation has been introduced.