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Micro Drivers in Gorontalo Complain about the Presence of Unauthorized Taxis Operating Like Public Transportation

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Micro Drivers in Gorontalo Complain about the Presence of Unauthorized Taxis Operating Like Public Transportation

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Beberapa Mobil Mikro di terminal Telaga Kabupaten Gorontalo. (Foto: Rizki Tahtiar untuk HARGO)

Hargo.co.id, GORONTALO – Drivers at Telaga Terminal are complaining about the presence of Unauthorized Taxis or privately rented vehicles.

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They believe that the existence of these unauthorized taxi drivers is affecting their income, as they make a living as micro drivers.

Dudi (49), one of the micro drivers at the terminal, explained that in recent years, the income of micro drivers has faced serious challenges.

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Dudi attributes this issue, in part, to the increasing prevalence of rental services that disrupt their livelihoods.

“The most disturbing thing for us micro drivers is these rental services,” said Dudi in an interview with Hargo.co.id on Wednesday (13/12/2023).

Dudi revealed that these rental cars operate between districts and cities, similar to public transportation within the province (AKDP) in Gorontalo.

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According to Dudi, these rental cars pick up passengers from Gorontalo city and drop them off in Gorontalo district, Boalemo, and Pohuwato, and vice versa.

“We, as drivers, are instructed by the transportation department to handle permits, while the rental services have none,” Dudi explained.

As fellow drivers, Dudi continued, he feels there is no difference, as it is a profession aimed at sustaining life.

“We don’t have a problem with the rentals per se; we just ask that there be a yellow license plate or that the rentals have their own operating permit,” he emphasized. (*)

Author: Rizki Tahtiar/Intern Student
Editor: Sucipto Mokodompis

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