TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi has signed new rules for online taxis. Director General of Land Transportation Budi Setyadi said in this latest Ministerial Regulation, there are minimum service standards or SPM.

Budi said that in the SPM there are five aspects that are expected to be reflected in the special rental transportation business. “The first concerns security, protection given to both drivers and passengers, avoiding criminal acts, murder or sexual harassment,” Budi said in his office, Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

Then, said Budi, the driver or passenger after delivering and having data or cellphone numbers, may not chat. “Then the driver or passenger after the shuttle has the data, then at night WA or chat, it can’t,” Budi said.

Later, according to him, there is a panic button or emergency button that can be used by the driver or passenger, if they feel threatened by criminal acts. “How to do it? Before boarding the passenger will access the driver’s number or share location to the three people closest to them,” he said.

The new regulation is a substitute for the Minister of Transportation Regulation or Minister of Transportation No. 108 of 2017 concerning the Implementation of People Transportation with Public Motor Vehicles Not in Route. Permenhub was officially revoked by the Supreme Court or MA on May 31, 2018.

Secondly, said Budi SPM about safety and all three comforts. In that rule, the driver must be clean and tidy. “So it can no longer be tidy, the driver must be neat and use shoes, not loose. If they are wearing sandals, it doesn’t feel comfortable for the passengers, how come they work using sandals,” Budi said.

If they are using sandals, said Budi, the driver will get a bad value and then be suspended by the operator.

Fourth, Budi said about affordability and the last order. “So there are five SPMs that we reflect and breakdown in a number of provisions that will be fulfilled from vehicles, drivers and also by business processes inside,” he said.

Budi said the rules for online taxis in lieu of PM 108 of 2017 will take effect in May 2019. “This rule will take effect six months after today signed by Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, namely in the fifth month, in the future,” said Budi Setyadi.