The Struggle of Online Motorcycles Taxi Drivers Amid Emergency PPKM

“My two children are still in school, one in 4th grade and the other in kindergarten. If I rely on the income from online motorcycle taxis, it is not enough. Many wives of motorcycle taxi drivers left their husbands because of economic problems," said Asep Muslihat (37), one of the online motorcycle taxi drivers.

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ACT's commitment to reduce hunger for people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Bogor City, West Java. (ACTNews/Ichsan Ali)

ACTNews, BOGOR CITY – The implementation of Emergency Public Activity Restriction Enforcement (PPKM) in many regions, including Bogor City, West Java, has affected the economy of daily workers who find it difficult to meet their daily needs.

One of the people who experienced difficulties due to the emergency PPKM is Asep Muslihat (37). Asep is a daily worker who depends on his life as an online motorcycle taxi driver. Asep admits that PPKM has a huge impact on the number of orders he receives in a day.

“The number of orders during emergency PPKM decreased drastically. Previously, I got ten orders a day. Lately, there were only two or three orders per day, and it's hard to get orders. Today, I haven't received an order from 7 am to 11 am," said Asep while holding back tears. ACTNews met Asep during the distribution of rice and ready-to-eat meals in MUI National Movement with ACT in Bogor City, Saturday (7/31/2021).

Asep admitted that the activities of the MUI National Movement with ACT were helpful and brought blessings to his fellow online motorcycle taxi drivers during the emergency PPKM.

Asep said that the life of online motorcycle taxi drivers in Bogor City is hard amid PPKM. “At the beginning of the pandemic, I still got some orders. However, during an emergency PPKM, the orders immediately decreased. If there is an order, usually food orders, and it is rare," said Asep.

In addition to meeting daily needs, Asep also has to pay for his children's school fees. “My two children are still in school, one in 4th grade and the other in kindergarten. If I rely on the income from online motorcycle taxis, it is not enough. Many wives of motorcycle taxi drivers left their husbands because of economic problems," said Asep.

Asep does not stop trying to make a living and hopes for food assistance for online motorcycle taxi drivers. “I sometimes have a side job as a construction worker. I hope that there will be assistance from the government so online motorcycle taxi drivers can survive,” he concluded.[]