As we know, bus only stops at bus stops and the bus arrives in specific time according to the schedule. Japanese people are known for their integrity and punctuality. If the famous bullet train or the bus is late for even 1 minute, the authority must apologize to all the commuters.
However, here in Indonesia, buses are violating every rule that has been made for them.
For example, the stopping-everywhere system enabling you to get into the bus easily at anywhere you want. That will disturb other vehicles because sudden stopping everywhere can cause a traffic jam or even accident. Another consequence of this system is the buses’ arrival is not certain. Sometimes the arrival time between buses is short, but sometimes you have to wait for the longest time for them to arrive.
The other downside of the buses in Indonesia is the driver of the bus. The driver often speeding, smoking, eating, and drinking while driving, and even stopping just to have some chats with another bus driver in the middle of the street that makes the traffic stuck instantly. Another risk of rule violations is, of course, accidents with pedestrians, cars, or motorcycles.
Most buses operating now are old buses. They are used every day from day to night with minimum maintenance. Therefore, broken chairs and doors are not a rare sight anymore for Indonesian busses. The doors are opened to make the passengers get in and out quickly, and for the co-driver to see if there is any person who wants to get on the bus or not. These opened doors allow the bus to have more passengers too, so it is a normal sight when you see an overcrowded bus with people hanging on the edge of the doors in Indonesia.
Furthermore, the buses’ engine often breakdowns in the middle of transporting the passengers, they need to be moved to other buses then.
Other than being neglected, passengers have no time to sit first. The bus will always go after the passenger’s foot is on the step, even though their body is not fully inside the bus. Moreover, there is no way for handicapped people to get on the bus, as there are no facility for them at all. You may see a space for handicapped people inside Transjakarta buses or busway, but there is no access for them to reach the bus stop.
There are also many other threats inside the bus besides the bus and the drivers’ factors. There are criminals inside the bus. Don’t ever trust people you just met easily. They can hypnotize you and take your valuables without you being conscious of it. There are pickpockets too, they usually work in a group or alone and using distraction tactics to steal your wallet or phone. For women, it is a must not to wear anything that shows too much of your body as the sexual harassers are everywhere. The most extreme criminal is the gangsters. They bring sharp weapon and threat every passenger on the bus to give their valuables to them.
Nevertheless how bad it is, many Indonesian people still use this public transportation, either they like it or they have to because they don’t have motorcycles or cars.
Or is it because the new ‘kopaja’ is around? It has a new look, installed with wifi services.
(See this video below to see the new ‘kopaja’)
But still, for international tourists, you really have to think several times before you decide to ride a bus in Indonesia.
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