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Uber Indonesia has released a statement that they are ready to cooperate with the government following the recent news reports regarding the tariff increase of online taxis.

“We are ready to make the commitment and we will keep on coordinating and co-operating with the government to further ensure that our business model and application benefited our customers and drivers in Indonesia,” said Dian Safitri, Head of Communications of Uber Indonesia, as quoted by Tribun Bali.

Nevertheless, she added that Uber Indonesia has yet to receive a copy of the new regulation from the government so for the moment she can’t reveal any more details about the implementation of the new tariff.

Meanwhile, Grab Indonesia confirmed that they will also adhere to the new government regulation. “We are ready to cooperate with the Ministry of Transportation,” said Ridzki Kramadibrata, GrabBike Indonesia Managing Director. “We are committed to operating within the boundaries of the existing laws.”

Recently, the government released a new regulation that sets the minimum rate (“tarif bawah”) for online taxis in region I (Sumatera, Java, Bali) to IDR3,500 per kilometer, while the maximum rate (“tarif atas”) is IDR6000 per km.

Online taxi drivers don’t seem deterred by the new rate, reasoning that they are still set below the rates of conventional taxis, and consumers are still more likely to order taxis via online application since it is more convenient for them.

Before the online taxi rate was hovering around Rp10k minimum fare and Rp2k to 4k per kilometre, depending on which company.  While Bluebird tariffs have a flag rate of Rp6.500, Rp20k minimum fare and Rp 4.100 per km.

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