Violations rampant on first day of official odd-even policy
The Jakarta Post
In light of the official implementation of the extended odd-even license plate traffic policy on Tuesday, the Jakarta Traffic Police arrested motorists found to have tampered with their license plates so as to evade penalties.
The official Instagram account of the Jakarta Police's Traffic Management Center (TMC) posted past examples of illegal methods devised by motorists to remain immune to the policy.
For instance, a motorist was found to have modified the odd number 3 on his license plate to make it look like the even number 8 by putting white stickers on the figure to be able to drive his odd-numbered car on even-numbered dates.
The police also arrested a motorist who allegedly carried multiple license plates in his car in an attempt to evade penalties imposed by the odd-even policy.
Tampering with license plates is a crime, according to the National Indonesian Police's traffic unit chief Insp. Gen. Royke Lumowa. He urged motorists to obey the law.
"It's a form of forgery, as stipulated in the Criminal Code and the Transportation and Traffic Law," he said as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com on Tuesday, adding that the police had an application to verify license plates.
The policy officially came into effect on Aug. 1 to ease traffic during this year's Asian Games, which run from Aug. 18 until Sept. 2.
The police have been authorized to fine motorists who violate the policy since the issuance of a gubernatorial decree on the policy on Tuesday. (ida)
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