Homecoming Ban, Bus Driver: I Get One Passenger After Waiting for 1 Hour

The first day of homecoming ban made the Giwangan Bus Station in Yogyakarta look empty. Not only the bus drivers, but the ban also affects other workers in the bus station such as porters. The lack of passengers makes the porters’ services unused, so they can’t get income.

Situation at Giwangan Bus Station.
Giwangan Bus Station on Thursday (5/6/2021). (ACTNews)

ACTNews, YOGYAKARTA — The enforcement of the homecoming ban policy has emptied several bus stations. Even on Thursday (5/6/2021), the first day of the homecoming ban, there was no single intercity interprovince bus operating in the Giwangan Bus Station Yogyakarta.

Only small transit buses were operating within limits. According to a bus driver with Yogyakarta-Parangtritis route Sugiarto, within a day he only got IDR 70 thousand.

“I got IDR 70 thousand in a day. IDR 40 thousand deducted from it for the fuel cost and an additional IDR 10 thousand for the cooperative administration cost, not including the money that I have to give to the owner. As for the food, I don’t have the money yet. I had been waiting for more than an hour, but there was only one passenger,” said Giarto when he met by the ACT Yogyakarta team, Thursday (5/6/2021).

Sugiarto hoped that the amount of passengers could be back to normal, and condition would be more conducive for him to work so that he could increase his income. “So I can have enough money to cover all the costs, and there will be some money left to eat,” said Giarto.

Nasrudin of ACT Yogyakarta reported, the ban has an impact not only on the livelihood of the drivers, but also other workers at the bus station, including porters. The lack of passengers makes the porters’ services unused, so they can’t get income.

Nasrudin encouraged the generous benefactors to ease their burden through indonesiadermawan.id. Therefore, during the homecoming ban, they could have food for their families. “Dear generous friends who have something to give, let’s help ease the burden of those who are affected by the regulation,” he asked.[]