Suara.com – Research Director of the Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia Piter Abdullah said that if the increase in online motorcycle taxi fares did occur, it would make it closer to taxi fares.
To note, only ojol fares in Jabodetabek have increased, but the minimum service fee for the first 4 kilometers in the three zones has increased by more than 30 percent.
The ojol fare per kilometer in Jabodetabek is currently IDR 2,600 – IDR 2,700 per km from the previous IDR 2,250 – IDR 2,650 per kilometer.
According to him, if it goes up this high, the impact of the ojol fare is getting closer to the taxi fare, so that it is likely that people’s interest in using ojol will decrease.
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He suggested that the increase in rates for online motorcycle taxis or motorcycle taxis should be carried out in a moderate manner, aka not immediately soaring high, as conveyed by OJK.
The reason is that the increase in ojol tariffs which reaches more than 30 percent is relatively high and has the potential to increase inflation in the country.
“I think a reasonable number is a maximum of 10 percent. I also wonder why it went up that high, what is the calculation like,” said Piter.
According to Pieter, if this policy continues, it will have an impact on the income of drivers or ojol drivers which has the potential to decrease.
In addition, micro or MSME sector business actors who are members of applications such as GoFood, GrabFood, and ShopeeFood, also have the opportunity to experience a decrease in income if food orders via the application are reduced due to high ojol tariffs.
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“It should be noticed that the lower class people are very sensitive to price increases. Moreover, people’s purchasing power has been eroded due to the pandemic, there have been many layoffs, decreased salaries, increases in food prices, prices of goods, and so on,” said Piter.