TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Ministry of Transportation believes the contents of the new rules regarding online taxis will not be sued again. Beleid is a substitute for Minister of Transportation Regulation No. 108 of 2017 concerning the Implementation of Non-Public Transport of People with Motor Vehicles, which is considered to summarize the input of many parties, including the Supreme Court (MA) which repeatedly cancels the regulation.
Director General of Land Transportation, Budi Setiyadi, confirmed that the new regulation would open space for small entrepreneurs to manage online taxis. “This is one of the things that MA wants, driver partnerships do not have to be with legal entities,” Budi said to Tempo, Monday, November 12, 2018.
With this relief, individual businesses or micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) can participate in business, provided that the fleet ownership is at least four units. This point, according to Budi, was previously not regulated due to consideration of the capacity of MSMEs.
“Because if there are accidents on passengers, small businesses will find it difficult to handle on their own. But, there are other judgments by the court, this time we obey,” Budi said, adding that input also came from public tests in six cities last week.
Previously, the Supreme Court granted a lawsuit filed by Daniel Lukas Rorong, Herry Wahyu Nugroho, and Rahmatullah Riyadi to cancel PM 108/2017. The rules regarding the obligation to test vehicles, the use of special stickers, and the provision of vehicle maintenance facilities, are no longer valid.
The obligation to manage taxis by legal entities in Article 36 PM 108/2017 was canceled. The previous ministry was deemed not to side with MSMEs because of this item.
Although there are new concessions, Budi ensures that he will oversee the compliance of application owners with tariff limits. The Ministry regulates online taxi operating rates ranging from Rp. 3,500 – 6,500 per kilometer. “If it is violated, I give a warning letter, and ask the Ministry of Communication and Information to stop the operational applicator,” Budi said.
The Director of Land Transportation and Mutimoda, Ahmad Yani, said the agency would review the proposed online taxi quota per region. The number of fleet operations in each region will be ratified as the new regulation is enacted.
“We ask that the re-quota arrangement area be the same number or may be updated,” Yani told Tempo.
In March 2018, there were 14 regional governments that submitted a total quota of 91,953 units. The highest number came from regulators in the Jabodetabek area, reaching 36,510 vehicles.
According to Yani, the enactment of the new PM is just waiting for the minister’s ratification and registration at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights. The rules are targeted for publication before November 20.
The head of the West Java Transportation Agency, Dedi Taufik, actually pushed for a new regulation to be set forth in the Presidential Regulation. Dedi was worried that the format of ministerial regulations was still prone to being canceled. “If you are sued again, you are tired,” he said.
The Chairperson of the Online Driver Association (ADO), Christiansen Ferary Wilmar, said his forum supported the involvement of MSMEs. ADO is one of the alliances involved in public testing of new online taxi rules. “Recognition of individual business entities as organizers of rental transportation is indeed proposed by various organizations,” he told Tempo.
The Grab Indonesia Head of Public Affairs, Tri Sukma Anreianno, said the applicator participated in the renewal of the rules. “Regarding the safety features we welcome, Grab has an emergency button that has been available in passenger applications since May 2018,”