Bajaj Parked By The Wayside

Bajaj parked by the roadside in Glodok, Jakarta
Shot at Glodok district in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The driver sat on the driver's seat of his Bajaj and waited for a customer to come

The sharing economy has made its way into Jakarta. When I walked around the city, I often saw motorcycles with Grab and Gojek logos on them. Grab is a brand of a car-delivery app that does a wide range of business in Southeast Asian countries. It is one of the most popular brands in Southeast Asia and it's the Uber of Southeast Asia, so to speak, that bought the ride-sharing business. Gojek, on the other hand, is an app for an on-demand multi-service platform from Indonesia. In Jakarta, these two services were competing against each other.

These services are very easy to use, even for me as a foreign tourist. Regardless of which company will win the competition, it's not hard to imagine these services will increase its market share. In this trend of the times, what is being left behind are the three-wheeled taxis called Bajaj. Bajaj, which had nothing to do with communication from the app, was parked on the side of the road and waited for customers, just like in the old days.

The same was true of Bajaj in this photo. A man was sitting in the driver's seat of the Bajaj parked on the side of the road and waiting for customers. As I tried to pass in front of him, my eyes met the driver through the glass. The man, who had a lot of time on his hands, looked quizzically at the foreigner with his camera in front of his vehicle.


Where is Glodok district in Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

June 10, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography





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