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Ride hailing startups fight many battles to stay on Jakarta roads

Despite the challenges, they have friends in very high places and a market that is going their way

This month, Go-Jek (above) has raised US$550 million in funding; ride hailing apps have signed on as many as half a million drivers onto their platforms, providing better paying work for the country's legions of underemployed men.


FIRST there were the police dragnets. Then there were the threats of an outright ban to their business. When those failed, there were protests so violent they brought the capital to a standstill. Most recently there is the spectre of a slow death by a thousand regulatory cuts.