#Asia Ministry of Transportation lifts ban on ride-hailing apps put this morning


The general public is also allowed to call for judicial review against current regulation


Following news of ban against ride-hailing apps such as Go-Jek, GrabTaxi and Uber, Indonesia’s Minister of Transportation Ignasius Jonan released new statement calling for lift of the ban at the Ministerial office today.

The new statement came out after President Joko Widodo declared via Twitter that he will be speaking to the Minister shortly after the ban was announced and created a wave of protests from the public.

Ojek and other transportation mode operating with ride-hailing apps are allowed to operate … As a temporary solution for transportation issues, until we are able to fulfill the need for a reliable public transportation,” he said.

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Jonan admits that there is a gap between the society’s needs for a reliable public transportation and the government’s ability to provide it.

“This gap is what ojeks and ride-hailing apps are trying to fulfill. The safety aspect will remain the government’s main focus. We advise to consult with the national police’s traffic directorate,” he said.

He also stated that the general public may call for a judicial review for the constitution that forbids motorbikes to be used as public transportation.

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