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Jakarta Post

YLKI doubts new traffic law will reduce traffic accidents

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 1 2009   /  09:34 am

A consumer group doubts the newly passed traffic law will help reduce traffic accidents in Jakarta as it still entrusts the police with the dual function of issuing driver’s license and enforcing traffic law. Sudaryatmo from the Indonesia Consumers’ Foundation (YLKI) said over the weekend the initial traffic bill draft, a revision of the 1992 Traffic and Transportation Law, initially attempted to separate the police’s dual function of driver’s license issuance and traffic law enforcement. However, the House of Representatives passed the bill Tuesday still conferring the traffic police with this dual function. “We expected an institutional reform that would create a new body to issue driver’s licences,” he said. “The problem at the root of traffic accidents has to do with the manner in which driver’s licenses are issued. While law enforcement off...