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JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian Government to announce the basic tariff for online motorcycle taxi service providers this week, said one official last week.

Transportation ministry’ director Ahmad Yani said ride-hailing provider have set the rate independently since there is no law regulating the tariff determination. To avoid the tariff war, he continued, the ministry will issue a ministerial regulation for online motorbike taxi, which also regulates the tariff formulation.

The prolonged conflict between the online motorcycle taxi drivers and the operators started since August 2018, after the drivers demand the company to raise the basic passengers’ rate following the increased living cost. GO-JEK and Grab, the two providers in Indonesia, claimed it had risen the rate for its drivers in greater Jakarta area.

Previously, Director General of Land Transportation at the Ministry of Transportation Budi Setiyadi, there would be three emphases regarding the regulation of motorcycle taxi online in the country. The three things are tariff, suspension, and safety.

“We will normalize those three, but what is the norm like what we will involve them,” he said during the socialization of Safety Riding in January.

Setiyadi revealed, the formulation of the regulation will be based on the regulations of Law Number 30 Year 2014 concerning Government Administration. The regulation stated that there was a minister’s authority to make rules as long as there were no rules governing.

Meanwhile, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi confirmed that his party was making a regulation governing motorcycle online riders. He said the rules currently being drafted would be completed in the next two months.

Sumadi said that the regulation in the form of a Ministerial Regulation would contain arrangements for the drivers to make them safe. In addition, the regulation that will be targeted in January 2019 will also include protecting the income of the drivers.

“As stated by the Director General, we will provide a rule for motorcycle online riders, basically the regulation relates to how they get a sense of security, both protections about them are income-earning, it must be regulated,” he stated.

On the other hand, Sumadi continued, it will considers two-wheeled vehicles or motorbikes entering into odd and even rules. If a motorcycle is judged to have exceeded the population, it can be considered to be included in the odd-even rules.

“Surely we will see first and map whether this motorcycle population has exceeded the limit. But if it’s still possible, we give it a chance,” said the minister.

Furthermore, he said, the ministry also will monitor a number of supporting areas, which have experienced congestion. So if it is really needed, odd-even policies can be applied in other regions.

“For example we do odd-even numbers in several places, such as in Bekasi, Bogor and Tangerang. In order to make the toll road better, we give odd numbers even at certain hours,” he said.

Previously, the odd-even policy in Great Jakarta was proposed to continue in the Great Jakarta area. Member of the Jakarta City Transportation Council, Tory Darmantoro also proposed that even odd-numbered rules should be applied to two-wheeled vehicles to achieve the objectives of traffic engineering policies.

“The urgency is to achieve the objectives of management policy and traffic engineering, namely the speed of traffic averaging 35 km/hour, which is in the Regional Regulation No. 5 of 2014,” he explained.

by Linda Silaen, Email: linda.silaen@theinsiderstories.com