Mon, 01 Feb 2010
Permit Anomalies at Bali's Blue Bird Taxi Threaten to Close Down 500 Car Fleet.

(1/30/2010) Bali's Transportation, Information and Communication Department (Dishubinfokom) is not prepared to make comment regarding widely publicized allegations in island's press that the well known Blue Bird taxi fleet is operating illegally under licenses owned by the now defunct PT Bali Praja Transport.

Quoted by the national news agency Antara, the head of Dishubinfokom, I Made Santha, said: "We are not yet prepared to comment on the problem of permits for Blue Bird in Bali being facilitated on the name of PT Bali Praja Transport. We continue to investigate." He said that his department is studying the problem as a member of team comprising members from the provincial government of Bali, the Bureau for Development and the Economy, the Legal Bureau and the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD).

Santha continued: "Through the gathering of additional information regarding the use of Bali Praja's permits, we will jointly examine the taxi operation (Blue Bird) in order to determine the truth of the accusation."

Santha, a former employee of Bali's Cultural Department, added: "If it is eventually proven that there has been an improper use of another company's permits, we will certainly finish the matter in accordance with the law and rules in place."

Earlier, the Chairman of Commission I of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), I Made Arjaya, said that his observations in the field confirm that Blue Bird Taxis is operating without the necessary permits. The recent request submitted to the provincial government of Bali to allow 250 new taxis under the Blue Bird brand was done on the name of PT Bali Praja Transport and not Blue Bird. Arjaya is asking the subject 250 permits be revoked.

Blue Bird Taxis' lack of a proper legal footing has prompted calls in the local media for all the company's taxis to be impounded until the matter is resolved.


Mon, 01 Feb 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by Marmalade
Victory for the "TRANSPORT meester!" scumbags. Certainly not depending on those assholes.


Mon, 01 Feb 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
indeed you are correct, mr. marmz. one of the best-run companies in Indonesia, operating the best taxi service at a reasonable cost with the least amount of driver hassle/stupidity, and the local political hoons are out to close them down.

i wondered, when i read this piece: who is paying these dogs to bay?


Mon, 01 Feb 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by Om Pong
Exactly. This one smells massively of fish. All the other cab companies must have had a whip round in order to bribe a few local scum bags holding the reins of power.


Mon, 08 Feb 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
From http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=5801

Blue Bird Taxi Responds to Illegal Operation Claims

Blue Bird Insists their Bali Taxi Fleet Operating in Accordance with the Law.

(2/7/2010) The Blue Bird Taxi Group has responded vigorously to island officials and legislators who are accusing the 500-car taxi service in Bali of operating without the required licenses and permits.

The Vice-President of the Blue Bird Group, Noni Purnomo, said the Blue Bird brand is operated by PT Praja Bali Transportasi which is a legal transportation company operated by the Group.

Quoted in Bisnis Indonesia, Noni said, “We honor the law and always obey existing regulations.”

Noni's comments were made following the issuance of a written notification from I Made Santha - Bali chief of the Transportation, Information and Communication Department – calling into question the legal standing of the Bali taxi operation. That letter, dated February 1, 2010, took issue with the use of the Blue Bird brand on taxis operating under permits issued to Praja Bali.

Santha ordered that the entire taxi fleet cease operations until the cars could be re-branded and the Blue Bird identity removed.

Santha's get tough order followed a visit by local legislators in Bali to the vehicle pool of Blue Bird in South Bali.

Noni insists there is no case to answer, explaining that Blue Bird had given permission to PT Bali Praja to use the logo and identity of the Blue Bird Group in Bali.

The head of the Bali Taxi Union, Nyoman Rai, said the 1,500 drivers employed by Blue Bird have suffered lost income as many foreign tourist were reluctant to us


Wed, 17 Feb 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
things are now becoming clearer: thug taxi drivers in bali want bluebird shut down because they can't cheat and steal from bules any more.

Bali Blue Bird taxi drivers seek police protection

Drivers of Bali Blue Bird taxis have asked protection from Denpasar Police following protests and violence by drivers from other groups, which are united in the Bali Tourism Service Association (PJWB).

“Our drivers are afraid of those who violently sweep our taxis on the streets. The protesters urge our passengers to get off the taxi,” Bali Blue Bird spokesman Nyoman Mertadi told Antara news agency on Tuesday.

Denpasar Police chief Sr. Comr. Gde Alit Widana said that the police had sent squads of police officers to safeguard the Blue Bird offices in Jimbaran and Sesetan.

The police will also monitor and take action against violations on the streets, he added.

Previously, hundreds of local taxi drivers were reported staging a demonstration Monday, demanding the closure of the Blue Bird taxi company in Bali for allegedly operating on the island without a permit.


Mon, 22 Feb 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
the saga continues ...

From http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=5827

Open Season in Bali on Blue Colored Birds
Blue Bird Bali Taxi Controversy Escalates.

Bali News: Open Season in Bali on Blue Colored Birds
(2/20/2010) Demonstrations and demands by competing drivers from Bali taxi operators to withdraw the licenses and close down Bali Taxi (Blue Bird) has evoked a response from the 1,500 Blue Bird drivers who would be affected by such a move.

During a Kompas.com visit to the Blue Bird offices in Bali, Gede Suarta, a representative of the company said any closure of the company would create widespread. "Please consider, this will affect the fate of many," implored the family man who has worked for Blue Bird for more than 10 years.

The 48-year old man continued, "we're very worried - where will we find new work?" Suarta said he prayed that the provincial government of Bali would fight for the future of his company's drivers.

Another driver, Iin Hartini, a woman who has worked at Blue Bird since it started operating in Bali in 1994, shared these sentiments: "If we're closed we'll be unable to work. How will I take care of my family if I am unemployed?" Iin is the mother of four and the grandmother of five.

The 52-year old woman added, "Hopefully this won't happen and we'll be allowed to work as we have in the past."

PT Praja Bali Transportasi or Bali Taxi operates an armada of 750 vehicles that employs 1,500 drivers.

Opposition from the Competition

Meanwhile, Bisnis Bali reports that hundreds of taxi drivers from competing taxi companies staged protests at the Bali Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on Monday, February 15, 2010, demanding that Blue Bird Taxi be closed down for violating the terms of its licenses.

The Chairman of the Circle of Tourism Service Providers (Paguyuban Jasa Wisata Bali), Gusti Made Oka Sukranita, said: "We demand that the provincial House of Representatives (DPRD) fight for our aspiration that the provincial government of Bali revoke the operational license of PT Praaja Bali Taxi, which for 16 years has used the attributes of Blue Bird in their operations."

Sukranita contends that the 750 vehicles operated by Bali Taxi together with plans to operate an additional 250 vehicles will exceed the ideal size of Bali's taxi fleet, which he estimates to presently total 2,800 units.

Speaking on behalf of the demonstrators, Sukranita said: "We hope the government will do the right thing in issuing new licenses in Bali. The number of taxis operating in Bali we consider already to be too many."

Estimates of the breakdown of all taxis now operating in Bali are Ngurah Rai (1,000 vehicles), Komotra (400 vehicles), Wahana (200 vehicles), Kowindu (200 vehicles), Bali Taxi (200) and Praja Bali (750).

The demonstrators at the DPRD engaged in a dialog with local legislators. Unhappy with the response from the law makers, they continued their protest by traveling to the Transportation Office for Bali where they commenced a program of public orations demanding the closure of Bali Praja Transportasi.

The head of the Transportation, Information and Communication Office for Bali, Made Santha, told the protesters that his office will close Blue Bird operations in Bali. This will be done, he said, because the armada of taxi known as Bali Taxi does not hold the correct operational licenses and is in violation of a 2003 decree from the Minister of Transportation.

His office had only issued an operating license to PT Praja Bali Transportasi who have been found to be operating with the identity of Blue Bird on their entire fleet, including the uniforms of their drivers.

Blue Bird Responds

The Vice-President of Blue Bird, Noni Purnomo, denies that any law has been broken. According to Purnomo, Blue Bird and Praja Bali Transportasi operate under a valid cooperation agreement that permits the use of the Blue Bird brand on every vehicle and the uniforms of the drivers.


Sun, 13 Jun 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
From http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=6083

Bali's Taxi War Turns Violent

Bali Police Make Arrests as Some 20 Taxis of the Blue Bird Fleet Damaged in Rampage by PJWB Members.

Bali police have taken a taxi driver, Made Budiartha, into custody for his participation in damaging 21 taxis owned by Bali Taxi (Blue Bird Taxi) on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, when he togther with members of a local taxi association staged street demonstrations that included attacks on their competitors cars.

Police authorities are also seeking six accomplices, also local taxi drivers and members of the Tourism Transportation Association (Paguyuban Jasa Wisata Bali – PJWB).

According to Beritabali.com, Budiartha has been formally charged by the police, who indicate more charges will follow once the additional suspects are interrogated.

Police say they have photographic evidence of the unrest and 11 witnesses documenting PJWB attacking Bali Taxis/Blue Bird Taxis and members of the press covering the conflagration.

A police spokesman said Budiartha has admitted his act to the police and has been charged with participating in public violence (KUHP 170) which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years and 6 months in prison.

Two local television reporters covering the street demonstrations were attacked by PJWB members who confiscated and damaged their camera. A police complaint has been filed by at least one of the journalists despite a subsequent apology from the PJWB.

The street violence is part of a long-standing dispute between PT Praja Bali Transportasi, also known as Bali Taxi, who operate under the Blue Bird brand and a group of competing taxi companies in Bali affiliated under the umbrella of PJWB. Central to the dispute are contentions by PJWB that Blue Bird operates illegally in Bali, the company's overwhelming popularity with the public and Bali Taxi's desire to add new vehicles to their fleet - seen by PJWB as unfair competition to their members.

PJWB's claim to the contrary, a judicial review team recently reviewed the PT Praja Bali Transportasi operations in Bali and determined the company and its operations to be legally constituted.

In reviewing the case, the Jakarta Globe aptly described the protagonists in Bali's taxi war in the following manner: "Blue Bird is known for its high service standards and security. Many passengers opt to use it because of its reputation for reliability, and because customers are urged to report any problems to the company. The local associations, in contrast, are sometimes accused of unfair pricing and coercion. Local taxis are often more expensive than Blue Bird."



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