The Blue Bird Taxi Group has responded vigorously to island officials and legislators who are accusing the 500-car taxi service in Bali of operating without the required licenses and permits.
The Vice-President of the Blue Bird Group, Noni Purnomo, said the Blue Bird brand is operated by PT Praja Bali Transportasi which is a legal transportation company operated by the Group.
Quoted in Bisnis Indonesia, Noni said, “We honor the law and always obey existing regulations.”
Noni's comments were made following the issuance of a written notification from I Made Santha - Bali chief of the Transportation, Information and Communication Department – calling into question the legal standing of the Bali taxi operation. That letter, dated February 1, 2010, took issue with the use of the Blue Bird brand on taxis operating under permits issued to Praja Bali.
Santha ordered that the entire taxi fleet cease operations until the cars could be re-branded and the Blue Bird identity removed.
Santha's get tough order followed a visit by local legislators in Bali to the vehicle pool of Blue Bird in South Bali.
Noni insists there is no case to answer, explaining that Blue Bird had given permission to PT Bali Praja to use the logo and identity of the Blue Bird Group in Bali.
The head of the Bali Taxi Union, Nyoman Rai, said the 1,500 drivers employed by Blue Bird have suffered lost income as many foreign tourist were reluctant to use their taxi service amidst reports that the company is operating illegally in Bali.
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