Carpooling in Indonesia

Hello everyone,

In order to move around in Indonesia, you will have to spend time on the road; for your work commute, to drop your children off at school or for everyday trips. Carpooling could be the right option for you. We would like to know your views on carpooling as a means of transport, and whether it is a practical and cost-effective option.

Is carpooling and cost-sharing common practice in Indonesia? What about the regulations in force?

For which types of journey does carpooling seem more suitable in Indonesia? How much is the cost of a carpool trip?

Is there an app or other means available to connect people looking to carpool? How do you find other carpoolers?

If you are carpooling in Indonesia, what precautions should you take to travel safely?

According to you, what are the advantages and disadvantages of carpooling?

Thank you for sharing your experience,

Carpooling is used as a microbusiness in many schools. One parent with a car will set up school runs that charge a monthly fee.
There are no regulations anyone enforces unless an accident  happens so check the driver has a valid licence and the vehicle is taxed. As
Also, take a picture of his ID card and make sure the licence and ID card details match.
One new driver that turned up to pick up my daughter didn't have a licence, but he did have sore ears when I'd done shouting at him.

The only reason I would consider carpooling is because it takes a half hour to drive the kids to school and 45 minutes back. Both ways, twice a day it means more than 2 hours. Rather than carpooling I bought my father in law a car and he takes them to school and I bring them back.

The main reason I would never agree to carpooling is because there are so many useless or bad drivers around, many of them mothers of the kids at school, that I would never trust the lives of my children with them. Furthermore, if you are not already living in Indonesia them you'd be very surprised at the number of parents that do not make kids wear seat belts and even more surprised at the number of parents that allow young kids to stand or sit on the front passenger seat without a seat belt.