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Blue Bird, Express Taxi to Cut Fares Following Fuel Prices Drop
Taxis taking part in a protest rally to demand the government prohibits ride-hailing apps are seen stopped on a main road in Jakarta March 22, 2016. The proliferation of cheap taxis using ride-sharing apps Go-Jek, Grab and Uber has made the traditional pick-up and drop-off taxi services unprofitable, threatening the business models of the country's top taxi firms PT Blue Bird and Express Transindo Utama. Tempo/Dian Triyuli Handoko
Monday, 04 April, 2016 | 08:50 WIB
Blue Bird, Express Taxi to Cut Fares Following Fuel Prices Drop

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta-The government has reduced Premium-type fuel price by Rp500 per liter from Rp6,950 to Rp6,450 per liter. Diesel fuel price is also slashed by Rp500 per liter, from Rp5,650 to Rp5,150.


PT Express Transindo Utama (TAXI) will cut its fare according to the fuel price decrease. “We will also lower [our fare] in accordance with the government’s regulation, we comply with the government’s policy,” PT Express Transindo Utama’s Director David Santoso told Tempo, Sunday, April 3, 2016.


“We also want to show that registered transport [firms] also give good service to customers,” he added.


Similar to Express, taxi firm PT Blue Bird Tbk. has also expressed its commitment to comply with the government’s regulation. However, it would take time. Because to lower the rates of a regular taxi, the taximeter on each fleet must be recalibrated.


“Fare adjustment for taxi is awaiting the process of change and recalibration by Metrology Agency, therefore, it couldn’t be done immediately,” said Blue Bird’s Director Adrianto Djokosoetono.


The government has lowered flag fall rate from Rp7,500 to Rp6,500, also the rate per kilometer from Rp4000 to Rp3,500. Waiting rate is also slashed from Rp48 thousand to Rp42 thousand.


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