Canggu residents eventually prohibiting unlicensed taxis such as Uber, GrabTaxi and GoJek to operate and pick up passengers in the area of Canggu, Badung, Bali.
An organization called CBBT (Canggu Batu Belig Transport), has taken the law into its own hands. This local group of “transport” guys, with no clear legal basis to do so, has imposed a ban that mobile app taxi-booking drivers operating in Canggu area. Signs have been posted, drivers threatened, and recently one was the victim of a mass attack.
Wayan Tono, the Chairman of CBBT explains. “Because they cause loss to locals, earning money for themselves in our territory. We want the young generation in Canggu to have steady work, so they can claim their own innovations, and get a decent income, rather than just being bystanders here.” CBBT was formally acknowledged and “backed up” by Banjar Canggu in late 2014, and has hundreds of members who claim to stand up for local custom.
“Bulés are busy counting their dollars in our area, while we’re merely spectators,” Tono says, “Who wouldn’t feel unhappy about that? We’ve taken this step for Canggu’s young generation. We don’t want them unemployed. We want them to have steady work as drivers, security guards, and other jobs.”
“Also, lots of taxis hanging around makes traffic jams, and they just park wherever they feel like it. If there’s traffic all over the place, it bothers us, and the tourists too.”, he added.
Canggu area, especially Batu Bolong already has mechanisms in place to control what vehicles are coming and going. CBBT members won’t hesitate to enforce the ban, give warnings, and even take stronger action if necessary against Uber, GoJek and GrabTaxi drivers if they try to pickup any passengers in their territory.
This prohibition is done by placing a ban signpost fitted with a large size at some point in the road of Canggu area.
“On a first offense, we’ll take down their license plate number and remind them nicely about the ban, but if they keep doing it, we’ll take serious action. Like that time recently when we warned a guy time after time, not to cruise around our area or pick up passengers here. But he ignored us until finally we confiscated his mobile phone, gave him a telling-off, but he was so stubborn that eventually a bunch of locals people smashed up his car.”, quoted from Bali Crime Reports
Tono explains that the Canggu area, especially Batu Bolong already has mechanisms in place to control what vehicles are coming and going. And CBBT members won’t hesitate to enforce the ban, give warnings, and even take stronger action if necessary against Uber, GoJek and GrabTaxi drivers if they try to pickup any passengers in their territory.