Riders of ride-hailing startups in Jakarta march to demand government protection

Anisa Menur
Riders of ride-hailing startups in Jakarta march to demand government protection

Riders of various ride-hailing startups in Jakarta want the government to issue regulation to protect them from “mistreatment”


Riders of motorbike-based ride-hailing services in Jakarta are marching to demand the government to issue regulation to protect ride-hailing drivers against mistreatment from the companies that they are partnering with.

Scheduled to begin before 10AM local time, the march is planned to start at the Ministry of Transportation office and will end at the Istana Negara.

Plans for the march have surfaced across social media platforms since Wednesday night, and Twitter handles such as @DramaGojek has been live-tweeting the process when this article was published.

The riders cited ride-hailing companies’ lack of communication in socialising tariff changes and riders’ suspension as the reason behind their protest.

Azas Tigor Nainggolan, Chairman of Jakarta Citizens’ Forum (FAKTA) and legal representative to the riders, told CNN Indonesia that riders have weak bargaining position when ride-hailing companies make a regulation that can potentially violate their rights.

“It all began when companies are mistreating them. Then they filed report to us and when we studied it, we learned that there is no regulation to monitor this,” he said.

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Through its spokesperson, Grab Indonesia has declined to comment on the march.

e27 has been reaching out to Go-Jek and Uber for an official statement.

More on this story as it develops.

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