The local and thriving ride-hailing market in Southeast Asia is dominated by local startups. Foreign counterparts fail to gain significant market share. The latest proof is Uber Technologies Inc.'s decision to sell its operations and assets in the Southeast Asian region to Singapore-based technology company (but originally founded in Malaysia) Grab. Through this consolidation-move, Uber will obtain a 27.5 percent stake in the combined entity, while Uber's chief executive officer will join the board of Grab.
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Express Transindo Utama, Indonesia's second-largest taxi operator, saw its shares surge on Monday morning (19/12) after the company announced a pilot program for ride-sharing and vehicle financing in Jakarta in cooperation with ride-hailing company Uber. The partnership involves the integration of Uber technology with the operations of the Indonesian listed taxi operator. Hence, Express drivers can take orders from the Uber app, in addition to their normal taxi services.
Taxi and bus operators in Indonesia are having a tough time. Due to rising competition in the nation's land transportation services sector, corporate earnings of the traditional players are on the decline, while new players are seeing improving earnings. Indonesia's traditional transportation services operators (particularly taxi and bus operators) are plagued by the presence of app-based transportation services (such as Grab, Uber and Gojek) as well as new railways and airports that are being developed as part of the government's grand infrastructure development ambition.
Today, Indonesian taxi and public transportation drivers staged another demonstration in Jakarta. They protest against the presence of app-based mobile applications such as Uber Taxi, GrabCar and Go-Jek that all recently started offering transportation services in the bigger cities of Indonesia and have become increasingly popular, at the expense of the financial performance of established transportation services such as taxis, public buses, bajaj (three-wheeled scooters) and ojek (motor taxi). The demonstration turned violent on Tuesday morning.
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Indonesian drivers of taxis, buses and bajaj (three-wheeled scooters) gathered on Monday (14/03) on several locations - in front of the State Palace, City Hall, and the Ministry of Communication and Information - in Central Jakarta to demonstrate against the presence of online transportation applications such as Uber Taxi, GrabCar and Go-Jek. Protestors claim that these mobile apps are operating illegally in the country (as these services are not regulated by law) and cause a decline in income for long-time established transportation services, including taxi services, bus services and the more traditional transportation services such as bajaj and ojek (motor taxi).
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