Go-Cop: Police officer disguised as motorcycle taxi driver puts motorcyclist in his place (Video)

What’s Indonesian Twitter without some good, viral motorcycle taxi content every now and then? While many stories involving app-based ojol ⁠— as they’re locally known ⁠— tend to be wholesome or sad, one of the latest videos to go viral is rather hilarious ⁠— as if it was written for a comedy sketch.

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‘Curious’ Wings Air passenger blacklisted for opening emergency exit door

‘Curious’ Wings Air passenger blacklisted for opening emergency exit door

A man has been blacklisted from Wings Air, a subsidiary of low cost airline Lion Air, for opening an emergency exit door shortly before takeoff recently. 

Alleged abduction attempt by ride-sharing driver in Jakarta result of ‘misunderstanding’: police

Alleged abduction attempt by ride-sharing driver in Jakarta result of ‘misunderstanding’: police

An alleged abduction attempt by a driver for ride-sharing app Grab that was first shared on social media and subsequently became viral turned out to be the result of a...

Viral: Passenger escapes abduction attempt by ride-sharing driver with help of in-app emergency button

Viral: Passenger escapes abduction attempt by ride-sharing driver with help of in-app emergency button

A 25-year-old woman in Jakarta escaped an abduction attempt by a driver for ride-sharing app Grab, according to a viral post, with the attempt foiled after she used the emergency...

Smile, you beat the system: Jakarta motorcyclist shields license plate with arm from traffic camera

Smile, you beat the system: Jakarta motorcyclist shields license plate with arm from traffic camera

Police in Jakarta are searching for a cheeky motorcyclist who thought he could escape a fine for a traffic violation simply by covering his license plate with his arm.

Electronic traffic law enforcement for motorcyclists on Sudirman-Thamrin commences today

Electronic traffic law enforcement for motorcyclists on Sudirman-Thamrin commences today

The Jakarta Metro Police Traffic Directorate will begin imposing fines on motorcyclists caught violating traffic rules through the Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (ETLE) system...

Garuda Indonesia appoints new boss in shake up amid prostitution and smuggling scandals

Garuda Indonesia appoints new boss in shake up amid prostitution and smuggling scandals

Irfan Setiaputra has been appointed as the new president director of beleaguered flag carrier Garuda Indonesia at an extraordinary general meeting with shareholders today.

Motorcyclists subject to electronic traffic law enforcement on Sudirman-Thamrin starting February

Motorcyclists subject to electronic traffic law enforcement on Sudirman-Thamrin starting February

Jakarta’s Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (ETLE) system is set to dish out fines to motorcyclists on the capital’s busiest commercial thoroughfare starting next month.

Siwi Widi Purwanti, air hostess in center of Garuda Indonesia prostitution scandal, testifies in defamation case

Siwi Widi Purwanti, air hostess in center of Garuda Indonesia prostitution scandal, testifies in defamation case

After having failed to meet two police summons for a witness statement last week, Siwi Widi Purwanti, an air hostess who has been accused by a whistleblower of being a key figure...

Video shows motorcycle taxi driver in Semarang hurling food at customer after long wait

Video shows motorcycle taxi driver in Semarang hurling food at customer after long wait

A video showing an altercation between an app-based motorcycle taxi driver and her customer in Semarang, Central Java has been circulating on social media today.


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Coconuts Jakarta Transportation

Some may say that Jakarta is decades behind other metropolises in terms of having a decent integrated public transportation, and they’d be right - at least temporarily. Jakarta is only recently playing catch up by building its first subway system called the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), the first line of which should be completed by 2019. Otherwise, public transport is a mess in Jakarta. The capital’s roads are filled with hardly regulated public transportation options such as Angkutan Kota (Angkot) minivans, old dilapidated buses like the Kopaja and Metro Mini, and Bajajs. Taxis are also very common, but many of them are already in states of disrepair. The rise of ride-hailing service apps such as Uber has been welcomed in Jakarta, at least by customers looking for convenience and more comfort in their commute. One app that totally changed the scene was Go-Jek, a local transportation company that allows users to hail ojek motorcycle taxis for personal transportation, food delivery, and even package delivery. Jakartans now have many ride-hailing apps to choose from at low prices, as companies compete for customers by outdoing each other in giving discounted rates. Jakartans also generally have their own private vehicles. Most of these vehicles are motorcycles, which contribute greatly to indiscipline on the roads. Car owners are greatly responsible for traffic jams too, as it’s quite common for many of Jakarta’s wealthier citizens to own more cars than they actually need.

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