Amid rivalry, traditional ojek driver prevents foreigner from hopping on app-based motorcycle taxi (Video)

A video of a bike taxi (domestically often known as ojek) driver getting near-violent with a international vacationer has drawn the ire of Indonesian netizens, who blasted the angle as counterproductive to Bali’s tourism-reliant economic system. 

The video, reportedly taken in Pecatu, was shared by community-based Instagram account @fakta.indo and was later reposted by @denpasar.viral three days in the past. The clip begins with a Caucasian male as he’s about to hop on a bike taxi affiliated with a rideshare app.

He was prevented from getting on the bike, nonetheless, by an area man who pushed the foreigner away and blocked him from the car. The native man is seen shouting on the foreigner and gesturing together with his palms telling him to depart the realm.

One other foreigner on a bike could be seen within the video watching the incident unfold. The app-based motorbike taxi driver remained silent through the clip.

The narrator of the video defined that the native man is a conventional motorbike taxi driver not affiliated with any apps (domestically often known as ojek pangkalan).

“If it continues like this, there will likely be a problem,” the unidentified narrator mentioned.

Most commenters condemned the ojek pangkalan driver, saying that his sort goes out of vogue as they function with out rules and have a tendency to cost much more than their app-based counterparts.

“This isn’t an excellent search for Indonesian tourism,” one commenter mentioned. 

Some defended the ojek pangkalan driver, because it has been identified in Bali that they’ve established bases all through the island the place app-based drivers are solely allowed to drop off passengers however not choose them up.

In Indonesia, the emergence of ride-hailing companies was met with resistance with conventional ojek and taxi drivers, who felt that the newcomers have been impinging on their territory and stealing their prospects. The rivalry has roughly disappeared over time in main cities like Jakarta, however in Bali app-based drivers nonetheless actively steer away from ojek pangkalan territories to keep away from repercussions.

Bali Police spokesman Bayu Satake advised Coconuts that the police are wanting into the incident.

“This shouldn’t be allowed,” he mentioned over the telephone. “I’ll discover extra details about this.”

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