"Jakarta's carpooling laws
were meant to ease traffic jams. Instead, they have spawned an industry of professional hitchhikers who help drivers comply with highway rules -- for a fee. Hundreds of men, women and children line the main arteries of the Indonesian
capital every weekday, offering to ride in private vehicles during rush hours,
when cars are obliged to carry at least three passengers on key stretches.
The "jockeys" -- as they are known -- do not stick out their thumbs like
typical hitchhikers around the world. Here, one finger signifies a jockey
working solo, while two offers a pair, usually a mother with a child in tow. In a country where millions are struggling to climb out of poverty and into
an expanding middle class the jockeys -- who charge about a dollar a ride --
have turned their services into a career."
HT: Matthew Lesich