Ministry of Transportation revs up motorcycle rideshare fares amid rising fuel costs

File photo of a Gojek driver with a passenger
File photo of a Gojek driver with a passenger

As we brace for potentially higher domestic airfares, we may also have to spend more for shorter trips as the Ministry of Transportation has imposed new pricing guidelines for app-based motorcycle taxis like Gojek and Grab (locally known as ojek online or ojol for short).

The guidelines were published on Aug. 4 and ojol operators have until Aug. 14 to implement changes to fares. The new tariff ranges are as follows:

Zone I (Sumatra, Bali, and Java excluding Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi)

Base tariff: IDR1,850-2,300 per kilometer

Service charge: IDR9,250-11,500 (up from IDR7,000-11,000 previously)

Zone II (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi)

Base tariff: IDR2,600-2,700 per kilometer (up from IDR2,000-2,500 previously)

Service charge: IDR13,000-13,500 (up from IDR8,000-10,000 previously)

Zona III (Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, Maluku and Papua)

Base tariff: IDR2,100-2,600 per kilometer

Service charge: IDR10,500-13,000 (up from IDR7,000-10,000 previously)

The guidelines are subject to an annual review.

“The reason for the price hikes is rising costs of fuel and other needs. This is also the desire of partner drivers,” Ministry of Transportation spokesman Pitra Setiawan said today.

Pitra added that the guideline was also based on a customer survey on their ability and willingness to pay for the service.

The new pricing guidelines will undoubtedly take more of a toll on customers’ wallets than ever before. But drivers have for years been demanding higher tariffs in order for them to receive more respectable pay.

US$1=IDR14,849

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