For Indonesians who have lost their jobs or have no particular skills, training or knowledge, the easiest occupation may be sitting still. Along Jakarta’s congested roads and packed intersections, Indonesian “car jockies” litter the banks and roundabouts, advertising nothing more than their ability to get in a car and stay there.
Indonesia promotes green transportation in its capital by creating special fast lanes for full cars. So if you’re in a hurry and can’t find enough friends or family who want to go where you’re going, pick up a jockey. Cash-strapped men and women even bring their children to be picked up and dropped off wherever under-populated cars want to go; baby bodies can be counted toward the three-body quota. And at about a dollar per ride, the average car jockey is a cheaper travel accessory than a new air freshener or dashboard bobble head.