As a follow-up to my previous post about transportation: Jakarta bus drivers made headlines this week. The Jakarta Globe reported that “almost half of Jakarta’s 28,000 public transport drivers are either not in possession of a motor vehicle license or are too young to be behind the wheel.” Because public transport licenses are given to the vehicle owners, who then hire drivers, the city must “raid” vehicles to identify unlicensed or underage drivers.
According to the Globe, Jakarta Transportation Agency head Udar Pristono said that conducting raids would not be effective and that the only way to stop the problem is for bus and angkot (minibus) owners to cooperate and only hire qualified drivers. The agency, he continued, cannot monitor all modes of public transportation.
Read the full story here.