Jakarta Police propose odd-even policy to replace motorcycle ban
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Police traffic directorate has proposed applying the odd-even license plate policy to motorcycles from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Jl. MH Thamrin to Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat in Central Jakarta. The idea is for the odd-even policy to replace the ban on motorcycles from entering the thoroughfares from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The Supreme Court recently found in favor of a petition from motorcyclists on lifting the ban and ruled that the regulation contravened the 1999 Human Rights Law, as public roads should be accessible to all.
"Our suggestion to the governor before revoking the [motorcycle ban] is to issue a decree to limit the number of motorcycles [entering the area] through the odd-even policy, as has been enforced on four-wheeled vehicles," Jakarta Police traffic division chief Sr. Comr. Halim Pagarra said Wednesday during a discussion on traffic management, reported kompas.com.
He said the regulation was needed to prevent clogged streets, adding that traffic congestion in the area had eased after the motorcycle ban was implemented in 2014.
"So we can't just let [all] vehicles enter Thamrin, we need to limit them through the odd-even policy. That is what we expect from the governor," Halim said. (fac)
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