Car jockey

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Car jockeys were people in Indonesia who have resorted to informal employment to bypass the gridlock that grips Indonesia's largest cities, especially Greater Jakarta. They were paid by drivers to ride on vehicles, so that those vehicles would be qualified to use high-occupancy vehicle lane. Like atappers and ojeks, it was one method Indonesians have become accustomed to in their daily commuting struggle.

How it works[edit]

A car jockey solicits by the side of the road a random commuter who does not have enough passengers to legally use a carpool lane. The jockey offers to go along with the commuter for a fixed price. This was a way to bypass carpool restrictions requiring a certain number of passengers.[1][2] It also offers the poor a way of making money without formal work.[3] As passengers, babies also make money for their parents.[4]

Jakarta carpool rule suspension[edit]

In April 2016 Jakarta suspended the "3-in-1" rule that had created the demand for the car jockeys, leading to unemployment for jockeys, some of whom had been doing this work for years.[5][6] On August 30, 2016 'odd and even' plate number system began to replace "3-in-1" rule, after trial operation and effective to reduce traffic jams. An odd plate number can enter ex "3-in-1" area on an odd date, and an even plate number can enter ex "3-in-1" area on an even date.[7]


  1. ^ Jockeys and Ojeks: More of a Problem Than a Solution | The Jakarta Globe Archived March 18, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ 'Car jockeys' cash in on Jakarta's traffic snarl | News | Mail & Guardian
  3. ^ Poor Indonesians Make Money in Jakarta’s Traffic as Jockeys | PRI's The World
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  5. ^ End of the road: Jakarta's 'passengers for hire' targeted by carpooling crackdown April 4, 2016 The Guardian Retrieved July 13, 2016
  6. ^ Passenger for hire: Dying profession of the Jakarta Jockey April 7, 2016 BBC Retrieved July 13, 2016
  7. ^ "Pemberlakuan ganjil-genap pukul 16.00, kawasan Sudirman tersendat". August 30, 2016.