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  • ross1948 20:53 on April 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bali hotels, competition, , , , , taxis, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi   

    Indonesia – Why Curb Competition? 

    Just got back from a nice little walk, and just as well, as it looks like the rain will start up. 

    I have a nice Stone Age handphone, a good old-fashioned Nokia, which allows me to call and receive calls and send and get sms messages.

    It also functions as an alarm clock.



    More than that I do not need.

    Yet a friend last week urged me to go modern, get one of those smart-phones that does everything save the washing up.

    Why am I thinking about it?

    Gambar terkait


    Because the Grab cars and Gojeks etc. don’t respond to all hand-phones, only to those with internet applications.

    And as my drinking buddy affirmed, they are a lot cheaper than cabs and ojeks, the traditional biker-taxi geezers here. The latter can be especially rapacious if the customer is a foreigner – the loons reckon we are all rich!

    I have explained to some of the wannabe rip-off bikers that while some foreigners, like lefty NGO snowflakes…

    posh foreign pinko

    …are grossly overpaid, many ‘expats’ are in fact retired, or back-packers, or NOT in high-salaried jobs!

    My pal is right. I have used Gojeks, thanks to people who have the ‘app,’ and the price is significantly less expensive. However, the news reports last week have again discouraged me from trading ‘up.’ It seems regional administrations will be able to set a minimum and maximum limit to fares…  http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/03/22/ride-hailing-apps-to-soon-see-curbs-to-business.html

    A MINIMUM limit?

    This bizarre scheme emanates from Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and is said to be a response to whining from the old taxi companies which can’t handle competition.


    Gambar terkait


    I’d have thought Budi might be better advised, if he must interfere in matters that have naught to do with safety on the roads, to impose rules on the taxi sector, forcing them to require drivers to pass a local version of The Knowledge…

    Hasil gambar untuk The knowledge taxis

    …that famous test undergone by would-be London cabbies before they may ply for fares.

    It never ceases to amaze me that Jakarta taxi-drivers can be so utterly ignorant of their city. I often know more than they do.

    One former colleague became so exasperated that he told the driver to change places and, thus securely in the driving seat, got to his destination quickly, if not perhaps legally!


    More fun walking?


    It all reminds me of the weirdly negative attitude in Bali towards new tourist accommodation, local government efforts to limit the number of new hotels that spring up.

    I’d see the merits of such a policy if they were marring areas of beautiful scenery ( like those girls in the photo above!) or of historic interest.

    But in Kuta or Legian or Tuban?

    Kuta Square

    • Get real!

    The more competition the better, for if that’s the case, then the hotels, hostels, B n Bs, etc., will need to offer ever-cheaper prices to lure guests!

    That means even the ritzy joints too, and why not?

  • ross1948 15:14 on March 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: amok drivers, Bluebird cabs, , , no charge, , taxis,   

    Jakarta, Taksi Gratis? No Charge? Wow! But Their Rivals Work Well Too. 

    Good to see the cops are pursuing the thugs who ran amok downtown this week.

    Memories of Scargill’s Red Nazis, As Jakarta Cabbies Run Amok 

    One of the five men is a taxi driver identified as FY, 31, who is suspected of encouraging fellow taxi drivers across Greater Jakarta to bring weapons to the rallies to use against drivers from ride-hailing apps. “The suspect provoked his fellow taxi drivers through his Facebook account,” Iqbal said.: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/03/24/police-name-five-suspects-taxi-rallies-release-79-others.html#sthash.Ui2xy7tr.dpuf


    You can see the FB images here http://m.infospesial.net/64933/sopir-provokator-feri-yanto-sudah-keluar-dari-blue-bird/  – a report which says the man is no longer in Bluebird employ!


    On Tuesday, a screenshot of a Facebook post from the account of a person called Fery Yanto went viral along with several pictures of the man and two weapons. He has a Blue Bird logo on his account.: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/03/24/police-name-five-suspects-taxi-rallies-release-79-others.html#sthash.Ui2xy7tr.dpuf

    Glad he’s not likely to be my driver again, if it’s the case that BB have severed theconnection, and let’s hope there’s no action replay of the mayhem.

    Meanwhile, yesterday, I changed my normal public transport style and instead hailed a cab, which turned out to be a Bluebird.  I was running late and had to be there to meet those awaiting me.

    The driver amazed me when I climbed in by saying that this day there was no charge!


    Sopir Taksiku Ketemu Hantu Tanah Kusir?

    Pleased that the company was doing its best to make up for what had happened the day before, I nevertheless pondered on why four BBs had sailed past me, although without a passenger to be seen.

    No fare, no effort?

    This impression deepened at night, when I was coming home. Not a BB to be found that was willing to take me or anyone else. So one of my companions used his hi-tech handphone to help.

    It was either an Uber or a GrabCar, but whichever, it was good, the driver a pleasant chap from Semarang, in Central Java, with whom I talked most of the way, astounding him by explaining that although Canada looked large on the map, it only had 30 plus million inhabitants.


    Similarly with Australia, huge area, small population. I detected a yearning to migrate, but the cabbie was an honest working man, so fat chance Canada’s Turdo would welcome him aboard!

    However,  I eased his pain by warning that a pack of cigarettes in those countries cost about twenty times what he and I paid in Jakarta!

    He also had me laughing out loud when he asked if I happened to be the big boss of the resto outside of which my crowd had chosen to wait for his arrival. A quick description of my warteg/angkot life-style disabused him of that misconception.

    He made good time, took the agreed fare plus the tip I was glad to give him, and I will not be reluctant to try these services again.


  • ross1948 23:27 on March 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , NUM, , , , taxis, , ,   

    Memories of Scargill’s Red Nazis, As Jakarta Cabbies Run Amok 

    police orgreave

    Officer Down! NUM bootboys attack a fallen cop


    Those of you who were in the UK during the marxist-run National Union of Mine-Workers’ violent strike thirty-something years ago must have been as appalled as me to learn of what happened in Jakarta today.


    Who could forget their red fuhrer Scargill’s war against parliamentary democracy?

    His hoodlums waged a campaign of vicious intimidation against working miners who defied his bully-boy strategy.

    Praise be there was Maggie Thatcher to prevent the triumph of their brutality.


    Who the Hell do these ‘protestors’ think they are?


    • While many of the cabbies involved in the protest demos against their Uber and GoJek compeititors behaved responsibly, others did not. Some thugs in their ranks not only criticised colleagues who exercised their right to work but physically attacked them.

    Worse, the louts intimidated passengers.


    ahok Ahok


    Hurray for Governor Ahok, who says he’ll revoke the licenses of cab companies which don’t take stern action against lawless ratbags who engaged in vandalism and forced passengers to get out of the taxis in the middle of the street. One such incident took place on the innercity toll road along Jl. Gatot Subroto outside the House of Representatives in South Jakarta.

    So THAT was why one of the people who kept me waiting at Ratu Plaza yesterday smsed to say she was ‘scared!’

    Here’s me thinking it was the heavy rain that deterred her from arriving on time. I’m glad I didn’t reproach her when she finally did arrive! 

    Taxi drivers were also involved in brawls with Gojek drivers near Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta, which brought traffic to a standstill.

    I was actually on Sudirman, to and fro, passing the time, awaiting my acquaintance, but saw no signs of this mayhem!

    A brawl also took place in front of the State Palace, where taxi drivers were also demonstrating.Hundreds of taxi drivers threw soil and water bottles at Gojek drivers passing the road near the palace. Gojek drivers shouted back at the taxi drivers.



    Indonesia’s authorities should emulate the UK’s much-missed Iron Lady when faced with such  disgraceful antics.

  • ross1948 20:53 on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , taxis   

    Another Bali Bus Route – Foil the Ferals! 

    Ngurah Rai International Airport 3 Ngurah Rai Airport


    Good news from Bali, where that useful website reports that large buses capable of carrying 50 passengers will travel a new route, from Pesiapan Terminal in Tabanan to Ngurah Rai Airport, starting in the middle of next month!

    Any foreigners planning a visit to the Isle of the Gods should take careful note of this, and make use of the service…


    sarbagita bus


    …anything to thwart the rapacious rip-off greed of those ghastly taxi-grimnasties who loiter around the exit doors and seek to persuade unwary travellers into their vehicles.

    There are decent taxis in Bali, but you need to trek a bit away from where the ferals prowl.

    I don’t know where in the terminal area these new buses will wait, but you should check it out and save a small (?) fortune! 




  • ross1948 09:20 on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bluebird, , , , , , , , taxis,   

    Monopoli Taksi Bali? Ayo, Pak Presiden – Smash The Ngurah Rai Racket! 

    Taksi_blue_bird  \

    Bluebirds are usually reliably metered


    The disgusting rip-off fares charged by many of the taxi-drivers who hang about Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport are back in the news again, a report from that useful Bali website confirming that the monopoly exploiting arrivals there are demanding sums substantially higher than the cost of a metered-taxi traveling the same distance.http://www.balidiscovery.com.




    Some of you may be wondering if this rapacity could be perpetrated with impunity unless there were powerful backing from somebody higher up the ranks of airport power. And if so, why are the cops not raiding the airport and rounding up the scurvy knaves responsible?

    Angkasa Pura I, the managers of the Bali Airport, have granted an exclusive monopoly to the Ngurah Rai Taxi Cooperative…

    ...despite such a monopoly arrangement and any limitation on free trade being expressly forbidden by the anti-monopoly law No. 5 of 1999.

    I addressed my headline to President Jokowi because I’m still convinced he’s a decent man at heart, despite much of the nonsense which has emerged from both his ministers and the DPR (parliament) here. I appreciate that a government as indifferent as the current one seems to be ( to tourism as an industry ) may not be overly concerned about the plight of innocent travellers who only want to enjoy a relaxing trip to Bali…Bingung Buaaanget! – Gimana Minum Bir Di Bali? 

    …but surely a word from Palace to Police about corruption  – and/or coercion by cabbies  – would not be too much to ask.

    … in addition, those using the taxis in late evening hours are coerced by drivers to pay even more than the already-high posted fares. 


    • c7f1d-day11-evildead2 A rip-off ratbag cabbie?
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    • One passenger told Tribun-Bali.com that a trip from the Airport to the nearby Dewi Ruci Monument costs Rp. 120,000 (US$9.25), a price substantially higher than what a taxi using a meter would charge. 
    That’s bloody outrageous.
    I’ve posted on this again and again.    

    Bali Cops Corral ‘Gypsy’ Cabs – So When Will The ‘Regulars’ Charge Fair Fares? 

    Beautiful Bali’s Criminal Cabbies – Warning! 

    If you walk past the sleazy ratbags soliciting huge sums, as far as the exit from the airport, you can get a decent cabbie who will either have a meter, like the usually good Bluebirds, or will bargain with you. 

    One expatriate resident of Bali wrote to Bali Update to complain of a “Taxi Mafia” where air passengers arriving on late flights discover that the Ngurah Rai Taxi Booth is closed and the lack of a signage listing the approved tariffs to various destinations. The same reader said taxis standing by late at night demand a fare of Rp 350,000 (US$27) or more for a ride to nearby Legian.


    Rp.50,000 is a fair fare to Legian or Kuta. Get a taxi outside the rip-off zone. Give him a tip (10 %) and he’ll be happy enough.

    But that’s not so easy if you have a bunch of kids and all that luggage.

    And here’s the rub. They recently allowed, at last, a proper airport bus service. 


    sarbagita bus

    Seemingly by design, passengers who opt to avoid the taxis and take theTrans Sarbagita Bus System are compelled to walk a distance of more than 500 meters to wait an indeterminate amount of time for the next bus to depart.


    • JazPen 11:31 on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      How true.
      There used to be a public angkot-type bus went along that airport road, under 5000 to Kuta, but I haven’t seen one for a while.
      Those airport taxis are sharks.


  • ross1948 00:03 on December 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ekspres Taksi, , , , taxis   

    Kasihan Ekspres! 

    express-1370aoEkspres taxis


    Sad to see that people have been robbed whilst travelling in what purported to be Ekspres taxis.I sympathise with the victims of the scumbag perps, of course, but aso with the cab company.  

    Exkpres is one of the best-known and  – hitherto – trusted companies in Jakarta, and as they are cheaper than the other one, Bluebird, my preference is for the white ones. Their drivers are generally friendly and dependable.  


    Taksi_blue_bird Bluebird


    The cops have been investigating, naturally, and have established that the cars used were fakes, not genuine Ekspres taxis!

    Hence I reckon I’ll stick with them!


  • ross1948 00:07 on December 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bali airport corruption, , , Made Mangku Pastika, taxis   

    Beware Bali’s Airport Ratbags – And The Taxis! 




    Good on Bali’s Made Mangku Pastika!

    He’s Governor of the Isle of the Gods, and he’s showing due concern for the many foreign folk who visit that beautiful place.

    I hereby declare a personal stake in this post, because I hope to be down there in the very near future, though happily, flying from Jakarta, I won’t have to suffer a dreary wait in the long lines encountered by visiting tourists at Bali’s airport.

    The Gov has even made a short movie, which he intends to send off to Indonesian President Jokowi and VP Jusuf Kalla. 

    The focus is on the many people sitting on the floor waiting for their documents to be processed when, in fact, there are many immigration lockets, but only two are open.”  Worse still, he suspects there there are still “middlemen” from immigration circulating and taking advantage of the long lines to offer faster processing in return for an illegal fee.

    He challenged reporters. You can go anywhere. Do some investigative reporting. Make some pictures. Make videos. It’s been alleged that there are officials looking to profit (from the long lines). If there are long lines certain people will approach those standing in line and offer special lane processing for a certain fee. These are the stories, but no one has been caught.”

    Again, bravo – too many journos here are lazy –

    A about uncovering a story and

    B about following it up once it’s uncovered.  

    Look at A – the silence of the media about the oppressively unfair treatment meted out to employees in at least one big department store chain, ‘quarantined’ when they’re not sick.

    And B  -the trouble I’ve had finding out what’s going on in the Ngada scandal. 

    Pastika warned that if Bali wishes to retain its reputation as a top world tourism destination then services must be improved. The Governor cited the multifarious need for better service at Bali’s airport for arriving passengers, better service extended by officials, new facilities that are sufficient, cleaner taxis and a new sense of responsibility toward. http://www.balidiscovery.com

    Glad he mentioned taxis.

    Wise wanderers should skip the creepoid cabbies at the airport  exit! A little short walk brings you to Bluebird taxis, which are




    • WAY better than the ones by the automatic doors, which are allowed to monopolise the nearest points where arrivals emerge – why?
    • Is it all part of some scumbag deal which keeps the honest fare-chargers at a distance?
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