Traditional means of transportation such as cariole has become a favorite in the 1960s. In harmony with the passage of time, the presence of cariole is increasingly marginalized by modern means of transportation such as motorcycles and cars. Now, the number of cariole remaining to operate around Denpasar is few and far between. According to a cariole driver met around the Badung Market, Nengah Purna, the number of surviving cariole was only about 10-15 units. Such number spread out in several places in the Badung Market. Like in the east of the temple, the place was only used by three cariole drivers to hang out.
Purna has deeply involved in such profession since 1963. “I have been here since I was a teenager. When the Mount Agung erupted, I have been a cariole driver,” said the 70-year old grandfather. He said that before the flooding means of transportation like motorcycles, the cariole was highly required to convey and escort passengers bringing along their groceries from the market. From the results of his livelihood, he was able to support his wife and three children and sent them school and college. However, his earning as a cariole driver today was not much. Though visitors to the market were crowded ahead of Galungan, he said, they had no great impact on his earning. “From eleventh o’clock just now until this time, I have not got passengers at all,” he said.
Within a day, he was only able to earn IDR 10,000 to IDR 30,000. “Except for transporting guests (foreign visitors) and on Sunday, I can earn more,” he said. However, Nengah Purna would like to maintain his profession. This grandpa from Ulakan, Karangasem, started his activity as a cariole driver from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. He used to take passengers from Badung Market to the farthest point on Jalan Nangka. The rate charged was adjusted to the distance of destination. He added that government also gave support to the presence of cariole such as to support the tourism of Denpasar. “If there is an anniversary of government, our cariole is usually involved and decorated. We are given compensation known as money of grass,” he said. (BTN/kmb)