Fri, 11 Sep 2015

San Francisco-based ride-sharing app developer Uber Technologies says that it is "disappointed" by Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil's recent decision to ban the service in the city, blaming the company's latest speed bump on misinformation and "lies."

The Bandung mayor declared that Uber does not comply with city laws and banned operations in the city roughly three months after the services launched its low-cost service — UberX — in the West Java capital.

In a seemingly-endless attempt to justify its operations in the country, Uber defended its legal stance in a statement on Thursday, noting that it "wants to work with the Indonesian government to help provide better transportation options for people across the country."

"There is so much we can work on together — not least helping to create jobs for the people of Bandung, while also making it easier for everyone to get from A to B," Uber said in a statement.

The ride-sharing service also alluded to certain groups who "are more interested in preserving the status quo than increasing choice for riders and opportunities for drivers, and have resorted to telling lies about our service."

Uber has hit many hurdles while rolling out its ride-sharing service in Southeast Asia's largest economy since its first foray in August last year. At this stage, the service is only available in Bandung, Bali and Jakarta.

The company — which claims to be establishing a base in Indonesia — has faced hostility from cab operators, regulators and law enforcement, who claim the service is not compliant with public transportation regulations.

Several Uber drivers have been apprehended in raids by the Jakarta Police, along with the Jakarta Transportation Agency and the Organization of Land Transport Operators (Organda). Still, none of the drivers were charged, according to Uber.