ACTNews, TANGERANG SELATAN – The ban of homecoming (mudik) from May 6 to May 17 also affects many intercity interprovince buses’ passengers at Pondok Cabe Bus Station. Teguh, one of the drivers, feels the impact of the pandemic coupled with the government’s homecoming ban affected his income.
“If the buses are not allowed to travel, where can we get money?” said Teguh, a driver on the Tangerang-Wonosobo bus when met at Pondok Cabe Bus Station, South Tangerang, Wednesday (5/5/2021).
Teguh hoped that the government could loosen up the homecoming ban like last year when homecoming was still allowed although the number of passengers was limited. With this regulation, at least he could still get money to send to his family in Purbalingga.
Ilham, a bus driver for the Jakarta-Wonosobo route, also feels the impact of the homecoming ban. Before the pandemic, his bus could carry If the bus is usually full of 36 passengers. After the pandemic, he can only carry 20 passengers at most. The homecoming ban prevented Ilham from driving the bus from May 6, leaving him with nothing to do but to wait for instructions from his company. "I'll take a short break while waiting for further instructions from my office,” said Ilham.
Meanwhile, one of the passengers who decided to go home to Wates, Yogyakarta, said that the fares were expensive. "The ticket costs IDR 300 thousand. It costs us a lot considering that there are four of us going home," said Irma, who was met at Pondok Cabe Bus Station, South Tangerang.