Back on the road: GrabWheels return to the streets of Jakarta
GrabWheels, an electric scooter rental service, have returned to the streets of Jakarta after a months-long hiatus since November.
The return of the Shared service was operated by Grab after Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi issued Transport Minister Regulation 45/2020 on electric transport on 16 June.
Ridzki Kramadibrata, President of Grab Indonesia, said the company hoped the service, which restarted on Thursday with the support of the Transport ministry and the Jakarta police Department, would be an alternative to "first and last mile travel" in Indonesia.
"The public will be able to ride GrabWheels on designated lanes, such as bike lanes," Rizki said in a statement.We hope GrabWheels will provide solutions to the public and will also make a positive contribution to the environment and transport ecosystem."
Grab has added safety features to its reboot, including built-in launch sensors in scooters to limit their use in restricted areas, such as footbridges, automatic lights and reflectors, and a mandatory speed limit of 15 kilometers per hour.
The company said it will also provide riders with health insurance and safety education through Grab's mobile app and roadshows.It also encourages riders to bring their own helmets.
The company said it would routinely disinfect electric scooters at all seven Grabwheels stations in the capital during the COVID-19 epidemic.
GrabWheels can be used in seven locations in Jakarta: Thamrin 10, Intiland Tower, Blok M Square, Blok M Mall, Kuningan City, Lotte Shopping Avenue and BRI 2 Building, the company said, adding that it will expand to more locations in the future.
"We will also constantly remind GrabWheels users to always comply with (stringent) health and safety regulations," Ridzki said.
Sr.comr, Jakarta Police Director of Community Development.Badya Wijaya said in a statement that police will monitor security at all sites in GrabWheels, including customer compliance with the new security protocol.
In November last year, Jakarta's Transport authority banned electric scooter users from roaming freely on the streets for safety reasons, shortly after two users were killed by a car and killed outside Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) stadium in central Jakarta.
During the ban, the company only offers GrabWheels in certain areas.Grab has also provided services to medical staff at the Central CoVID-19 Emergency Hospital in Jakarta to assist with their travel.