Much maligned mobile-app ride sharing provider UBER has been given the greenlight by the Jakarta Provincial Government Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama to begin operations legally after having battled with transport authorities as well as taxi services in the Indonesian capital since entering the market in mid 2014.
The governor had also made a statement acknowledging the benefits of such a service in a densely populated city which has no rail infrastructure (Jakarta is embarking on a rail development currently) ‘’Ride sharing, like Uber, has received positive and tremendous response from users because of its ability to provide consumers with those three pivotal factors – safe, reliable and affordable means of transportation – through the technology platform’’ said the governor as quoted by Open Gov.
Perhaps the most relieved stakeholder, UBER’s Mike Brown wished that other governments in the region will follow Jakarta’s move in legalising the business and paving the way for such use of technology that also provides economic opportunities to locals.
Jakarta’s Governor has indeed made a decision that is an about turn given that back in end 2014, he had announced the banning of the service provider. The question is will Malaysia follow suit?
(Picture credits DNA, Digital News Asia)