Ban­dung’s 13-Year-Old Mini­van Driver Shocks Ne­ti­zens

Indonesia Expat - - QUIRKS -

A 13-year-old angkot (minibus) driver in Ban­dung, West Java, has shocked ne­ti­zens after pho­tos of the child at the wheel went vi­ral on April 25.

The photo was posted by Ban­dung-based ne­ti­zen @ Dian­mein­dra on her Twit­ter ac­count. “I was very sur­prised when I got on the angkot. The driver was just a kid and he is not even 15 years old yet,” she said in the post.

Ne­ti­zens were an­gered at lo­cal au­thor­i­ties after the child, iden­ti­fied only by the ini­tials GMA, drove with sev­eral pas­sen­gers. Po­lice are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent after the post gained sig­nif­i­cant traf­fic on the web.

GMA told lo­cal me­dia he was tak­ing his usual route in the Logam Buah­batu area to his home on Parabon Street when he was ap­proached by a brown angkot with the li­cense plate D1933AM. The driver, iden­ti­fied as Ron­ald Tam­bunan, re­port­edly asked GMA to drive the ve­hi­cle as he had a stom­ach ache.

The fifth grader had learned to drive only two weeks ear­lier and said this was his third time driv­ing. Tam­bunan claims GMA is known among angkot driv­ers in the area and of­ten drives short dis­tances. He says he taught the child to drive and the two of­ten drive to­gether.

Ban­dung Po­lice Chief Hen­dro Pandowo is in­ves­ti­gat­ing angkot man­age­ment over the claims. Lo­cal po­lice are work­ing along­side the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion in the case.

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