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Published on : Tuesday, March 22, 2016
When Indonesia is basking in the glory of it successful tourism year and proudly proclaiming its strong infrastructure to facilitate tourism, the country’s taxi drivers have staged rowdy protests in the capital against the competition posed by the ride hailing app Uber and Grab.
The taxis have been lined in the central expressway with men setting tires alight and jumping on vehicles that are refusing to join the rally. Female passengers are being frightened off and forced to leave their cars along with their luggage.
This the second time taxi drivers are protesting in Jakarta against taxis with ride apps which are gaining popularity being cheaper and hassle making the regular taxis lose their business badly. The drivers come from the interiors of Indonesia to make an income which supports their entire family back home. But the new app cabs are snatching business from them.
Their business has slumped by 60% since Uber and other such cabs are becoming popular. Commuters have little sympathy for these taxis as they are rather rude and overbearing feel local passengers. The city is already suffering from these strikes as passengers are missing flights unable to reach the airports. The ministry confirmed that these apps based cabs will continue to functions. The government has told passengers to avoid the areas where protests are being arranged. Some countries have updated their travel advice to Indonesia in light of the protests which would naturally disrupt their travel plans.