Motorcycle taxi drivers working for online ride-hailing start-ups Grab and Go-Jek protest against low tariffs outside parliament in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Reuters/ Darren Whiteside

Around 1,500 motorcycle taxi drivers working for online ride-hailing companies Grab and Go-Jek held a protest in Jakarta to demand higher fares and tighter regulation of ride-hailing companies.

On Monday outside the parliament in Jakarta, the motorcycle taxi drivers said they want an increase in their income and a standard fare of 3,000 to 4,000 rupiah (22 to 29 US cents) per kilometer traveled, Reuters reported.

The drivers also want the government to provide them with legal and social protection because they are part of the national workforce.

According to Indonesia’s transport ministry, ride-hailing companies are subject to the same regulations as regular taxi and bus companies as they are considered transportation companies.

Budi Setyadi, director-general of land transportation at the Transport ministry, said there were no plans yet to apply the regulations to motorcycle taxis.

“With regard to tariffs, it depends on the goodwill of the companies,” Setyadi told Reuters.

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