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Car use limitations? Not for now

  • Triwik Kurniasari

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Fri, May 1 2009   /  02:50 pm

Traffic has long plagued Jakartans' daily lives, especially in the last few years with the growing numbers of private cars and motorcycles clogging the city's arteries. According to the Association of Indonesian Automotive Industries (Gaikindo), the number of cars in the city increases by 5 to 10 percent every year. The city administration and many people in Jakarta are seriously considering limiting private car use in the city's streets to tackle the traffic problem. Many residents, however, have opposed the plan. Yoga, a Cipayung resident in East Jakarta, said he preferred to drive around town than using public transportation, as it was more comfortable and safe for him than taking a bus. "Look at the city's public transportation! It is in a really abysmal condition," said Yoga recently. Jakartans, including himself, once had high hopes for the busway system (...