It seems like a fatal collision and damages to public property won’t lead to an outright ban on e-scooters in Jakarta, but the city administration is drafting up regulations on the personal mobility devices that would limit who would be allowed to use them and when.
Syafrin Liputo, head of Jakarta’s Transportation Agency, said that the e-scooter regulations will likely be enforced in December, pending approval from Governor Anies Baswedan. But Syafrin has already outlined some of the regulations’ main points that would likely be enforced.
“The scooters are available for rent like a transportation vehicle, so we will regulate their operations like that of other public transportation modes, that is with operation hours from 5am to 11pm,” Syafrin told Detik today.
“For minimum age, we see that, on average, one can ride a bike when they’re 15. So we will prohibit [the use of e-scooters] for those under 15.”
Ride-hailing app Grab, which operates the e-scooter-for-rent service GrabWheels, says it’s ready to comply with any government regulations on the electric vehicles.
GrabWheels was launched earlier this year to become the first e-scooter-for-rent service in Indonesia. It quickly became popular among youths in Jakarta and Tangerang — mostly for recreational purposes — before officials were able to draft regulations on them.
Recently, the Jakarta Transportation Agency issued a ban on e-scooters on public facilities such as pedestrian bridges, sidewalks, as well as car-free day on Sudirman-Thamrin every Sunday – but users are allowed to ride on the city’s bicycle lanes.