Multa Fidrus, The Jakarta Post, Tangerang
Hundreds of inter-city and inter-province bus drivers instigated a strike on Friday against new “unfair” regulations, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded in Tangerang.
Drivers were sgainst PT Arimbi Jaya Agung’s new policy, which threatened drivers with dismissal should they cause road accidents. Drivers would also be financially responsible for any damage caused, including victim compensation.
“We are very disappointed.The decision is absurd, because the company refuses to take joint responsibility with drivers as its working partners,” Agus, one of the drivers, said.
Because of the strike, some passengers had to postpone their travel plans or find alternative transportation.
“I was planning to take the bus from Kalideres bus terminal to Bandung. I had to find another bus,” Achmad, one of the passengers, said.