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Trials and tribulations of Bangkok taxis 

The cab driver pressed on the accelerator, driving fast and furiously until I felt enough was enough; I ordered him to pull over, gave him the fare and stepped out of the car. Picking up a local passenger... 

Like many living in or visiting Bangkok, I have more than a few sour memories of these cab drivers. Like many, I have got into arguments with cab drivers over politics. 


Ride-hailing firms protest new rules in Indonesia even as Singapore allows taxis to introduce surge pricing

March 20, 2017:   In the latest chapter of Indonesia’s online transport industry, the new set of rules that has been introduced by authorities to regulate the sector, has led to protests from the region’s largest ride-hailing companies – Uber, Grab, and Go-Jek – all of who have argued that it will “interfere with the market and curb transport innovation”.

The rules, locally known as PM 32 and which will be effective on April 1, will impose fleet quota, setting the price floor and ceiling, and changing ownership of vehicles, among others.


As users of ride-hailing startups in Indonesia, this is our battle


On Friday, major ride-hailing startups in Indonesia — Go-Jek, Grab, and Uber — formed an unlikely coalition to fight against the government’s latest revision in transportation regulation

I am going to start this op-ed with a confession: I am sick of writing about the ride-hailing startup drama in Indonesia.

If only you’d see me dozing off every-time there is “breaking news” of yet another protest by drivers of conventional public transportation that eventually led to a Go-Jek driver being punched. This is inevitably followed by a GrabBike driver punching an angkotdriver (you know, to show solidarity with his peers). Then it all becomes a bloody tangled mess and some people get arrested


Grab, Go-Jek, Uber ask for 9 months to review proposed revisions to ride-hailing rules

THREE ride-hailing apps Grab, Go-Jek, and Uber issued a joint statement on the Indonesian government’s revision of the rules governing online transportation, asking Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi to give them nine months to review the revisions.

The revisions were meant to be implemented on April 1.

“New changes were proposed in PM32/ 2016 this week, which we believe are protectionist and not pro-consumer. The regulation as it stands will set the entire transport industry back to the entrenched practices of incumbent transport operators, who can invest more effort to innovate and improve their services for Indonesian commuters,” says Grab managing director Ridzki Kramadibrata (pic above) in a press release.


Southeast Asian Ride Hailing Firm Grab Expands to Myanmar

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Ride hailing firm Grab, the main Southeast Asian rival of Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], launched services in Myanmar on Tuesday, expanding operations to a seventh country in the region.Grab was working with a small group of taxi drivers in a trial in Yangon, the biggest city, and would scale up gradually, the company said in a statement. Uber is currently unavailable in Yangon

Grab is already operating in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.






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