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Ride-sharing apps power motorbike taxi in S. Asia

Mar 17, 2017, 8:36 AM EDT
(Source: Antonis Kyrou/flickr)
(Source: Antonis Kyrou/flickr)

Jakarta, infamously recognized for its choking traffic congestions, has a new ride-sharing industry bypassing the perils on the roads of the Indonesian capital. Grab, a regional Uber-competitor, has roped in motorbike taxis, called ojeks, which pierce through traffic snarls in almost half the time a car would take and also cost less compared to western figures.

The “bike-pool” services are fast expanding with entry of several players including Uber, Grab and Go-Jek, all of which tie up with about 77 million existing bike owners as part of their business model, writes CNET. The two-wheeler taxis, booked via smartphone apps, not only ferry single passengers but also haul courier packages across the city.

Amid concerns over safety and commercial transport regulations, the two-wheeler ride-sharing businesses in Indonesia look forward to collaborating with the local governments over boosting a service that addresses a genuine need, notes Channel News Asia.

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