"If they (their permits) are revoked for violating Indonesian regulations, their (apps) will be blocked."
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Arief Kamaludin|KATADATA

The transition phase for online-based transportation providers ended in May. Now, these online taxi drivers must meet three requirements set by the government, otherwise the government will ban them from operating.

First, drivers that operate cars must hold the correct, category A, car licence. “This is non-negotiable. So none of them will be driving on a category C licence (for motorcycles),” said Minister of Transport Ignasius Jonan at a press conference at the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Ministry on Friday (3/6), as quoted from the Cabinet Secretary’s website. Meanwhile, a driver of a microbus with more than seven seats must hold a category B1 licence, which is for private passenger or cargo vehicles with a maximum authorised mass of more than 3,500 kg. (Read: Government to Control Uber, Grab Car Tariff)

Second, vehicles must past a road worthiness test. This can be done at any official repair shop, not only at the Jakarta Province official test centre. Jonan said that this test had been done on around 300 of more than 3,300 vehicles. However, this rule applies not only to app-based transport services but to all public transport services, including Metromini and Kopaja buses.

Third, the vehicle registration certificate must be registered under the company’s name, or in the case of vehicles operated by cooperatives, comply with the rules in the Law on Cooperatives. “Public transport (services) must be a legal entity,” said (Read: Uber, Grab Almost Meet Five Online Transport Requirements)

Meanwhile, Minister of Communications and Information Rudiantra said the government will catch all vehicles that have not passed the roadworthiness test and review the operator’s app online. He said the government will issue warnings to any app-based transport operators that breach the rules. “If they (their permits) are revoked for violating Indonesian regulations, their (apps) will be blocked,” he said.

Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said the three agencies under his supervision, which include the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Communications and Information, have agreed to revoke the permits of operators that break the rules. “We have allowed these apps, but they will be disciplined if they are in breach (of the rules),” said Luhut.

In response to the requirements set out by the government, Grab Indonesia said its partners had been doing undergoing roadworthiness tests since 16 May 2016. However, this online taxi company claimed that its drivers might be concerned over the new regulations.

“However, we are still reviewing and scrutinising all of the terms and conditions,” said Grab Indonesia Managing Director Ridzki Kramadibrata in an official release last week. (Read: Grab Is Not a Transportation Service Operator)

The government previously gave these transport providers a transition period until 31 May to meet all requirements or be banned from operating.