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Editorial: Charging road users

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, May 15 2010   /  07:28 am

Like it or not, Jakartan motorists will soon have to spend more on their daily transportation as the authorities get set to charge them under the electronic road pricing (ERP) system. It is undeniable that Jakarta needs a breakthrough to resolve the traffic chaos that is a source of daily frustration for motorists.However, we believe the main catalyst of Jakarta’s traffic problems is the poor state of the city’s public transportation, which forces commuters to drive their own vehicles. Therefore, any traffic restriction policy will be defeated as long as it is not accompanied with serious efforts to improve public transport.The ERP system, which has been implemented in a number of world cities like Singapore, London, and Stockholm, will replace the existing 3-in-1 system currently imposed on the city’s arterial roads Jl. M.H Thamrin, Jl. Sudirman, and Jl. Gatot Subroto during the m...