City to discuss the possible repeal of motorcycle restriction
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Transportation Agency, which previously proposed to expand a motorcycle ban on the city’s main thoroughfares, will conduct a focus group discussion (FGD) to accommodate Governor Anies Baswedan’s plan to revoke the restriction.
Anies recently voiced his idea to revoke a gubernatorial regulation that prohibits motorcyclists from passing through Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta.
Agency head Andri Yansyah said that the group discussion would weigh the harm and benefits of Anies’s proposal.
“The FGD will take into account the opinions of experts, so we can view the proposal from many aspects,” he said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.
The agency previously held similar discussion comprising transportation experts, traffic police and government officials, which recommended that the ban be expanded because traffic congestion in the city has been exacerbated by development projects.
The idea, however, was dismissed after protest from motorcyclists.
Anies said such a restriction was unfair to motorcyclists, arguing that everyone should have equal access to public facilities. (fac)
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