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Jakarta To Try Odd-Even License Plate Car Restriction Plan
Source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/jakarta-tries-odd-even-licence-plate-car-restriction-plan/story-fnd134gw-1226534969557
Source Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Country: Indonesia
Created: Dec 11, 2012

JAKARTA is planning to roll out an unpopular car restriction policy based on license plate numbers by March next year.

The restriction would include major streets in Jakarta's main business areas and is expected to ease the capital's notorious traffic woes, The Jakarta Globe reports.

Governor Joko Widodo said the restriction, which has been approved by the Jakarta Police, will take effect every weekday from 6am to 8pm.

But determining which vehicles can enter the areas on what day or time requires further consideration, he said.

The Jakarta Globe reports that Mr Widodo admitted the plan would generate strong criticism and resistance from drivers. But he said procedures needed to be put in place to curb traffic.

"If we don’t take some drastic measures [Jakarta’s traffic problems] will not be over, because the number of vehicles is not getting any smaller," he said.

"This policy is to help people to switch to public transport and to urge people to conserve the use of fuel."

The plan would see cars with odd-numbered license plates banned on even dates and vice versa, The Jakarta Post reports. Vehicles would be marked with coloured stickers: red for odd numbers and green for even numbers.

City Transportation Agency chief, Udar Pristono, told The Jakarta Post that the administration would coordinate with the police to enforce the policy.

He said the restriction would increase the average speed on Jakarta’s roads from 16.8 kilometres per hour to 47 kilometres per hour and cut down roads affected by traffic jams from 43.7 per cent to 32.7 per cent.

The restriction is also expected to save up to Rp 8.85 trillion ($870 million) in time and vehicle operational cost - as well as 345,000 litres of subsidised petrol each year, The Jakarta Post reports.

Mr Widodo said Jakarta would provide more buses to anticipate the expected increasing demand for public transport once the regulation is in place.

"In January we will add 200 articulated TransJakarta buses, with an additional 600 buses [in the future], plus 1000 medium sized [Kopaja] buses. This means there is an effort to increase and revamp [public transportation]," Mr Widodo said.

The Indonesian Consumer Protection Foundation chairman, Tulus Abadi, said that the regulation must also apply to motorcycles, and said that motorcyclists contributed to 70 per cent of traffic accidents in Jakarta, The Jakarta Globe reports.

Mr Udar said the regulation would take place in three stages. "Residents can choose, either they switch to public transport or leave before 6am and go home after 8pm. But it will create camaraderie like sharing," he said.
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