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Jakarta Post

Jakarta's traffic gridlock: The malady of `macet'

  • Pandu Anugrah


  /   Wed, June 24 2009   /  11:26 am

The term macet, meaning traffic gridlock or deadlock, is synonymous with Jakarta. This, however, should come as no surprise given that domestic automotive sales have grown at an average annual rate of 11 percent per year since 2002, according to the data published by the Indonesian Automotive Body (GAIKINDO). In 2008 alone, sales of 4-wheel vehicles ( 4W ) reached 607,000, up 40 percent from 2007. With 50 percent of sales in the greater Jakarta area, the total number of vehicles registered in the local authority has reached more than 3 million. Even worse is the number of motorcycle riders in Jakarta, which reportedly reached 3.5 million in 2007. According to Jakarta's regional police authority, motorcycle registration per year ranged from 250,000 to 350,000 over the past six years. Putting all the figures together; assuming 40 percent of the ...