Indonesia’s newly appointed Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Semadi announced in a press conference on Friday that the ministry will summon ride-hailing startups such as Go-Jek, Grab, and Uber this week to confirm the companies’ commitment to adhere to government regulation, CNN Indonesia reported.
Previously, former Minister of Transportation Ignasius Jonan had released a set of regulation that obliged ride-hailing startups to follow certain steps to be given license to operate. The government gave a deadline until October 2016 for the companies to fulfill their obligations.
Over the weekend, the authority had also started raiding cars used by Go-Car (Go-Jek’s car-hailing service), GrabCar (Grab’s car-hailing service), and Uber again after months of absence.
“We expect them to please just follow what the government had set up for them,” Semadi said.
He also stated that he has received reports that many cars used by GrabCar, Go-Car, and Uber driver partners had not been undergoing road-worthiness test.
However, a Kompas Tekno report stated that of all the vehicles that have applied for license to operate, the majority had passed the test successfully.
“According to information that we received from Land Transportation Directorate General, of a total 1,450 vehicles [that have applied for license], about 1,296 of online-based taxi services had been given permission to operate,” according to Hemi Pramuraharjo, Head of Communications and Public Information Bureau, Ministry of Transportation
The 1,296 units of vehicles are a combination of vehicles listed as Go-Jek, Grab, and Uber driver partners, leaving only 156 that have not passed the requirements.
On a separate occasion, Uber General Manager of Southeast Asia Chan Park restated the company’s commitment to encourage its driver partners to take part in road-worthiness test, working together with a transportation co-operatives.
Meanwhile, Grab Indonesia Managing Director Ridzki Kramadibrata stated that the company aims to discuss with the government to allow its driver partners to use an individually-listed vehicle number certificate, instead of corporation-listed certificate.
More on this story as it develops.
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