As Jakarta is facing the real threat of traffic gridlock within the next two years, city authorities have still not come up with a solution to curb the increasing number of private vehicles.
Plans mooted over the years to deal with the problem have included increasing parking fees, applying an electronic road pricing (ERP) system, as well as restricting car owners to drive their vehicles on certain days of the week, based on the car’s color or license plate number.
The latest idea is to implement a “weekend car” scheme, under which car owners can enjoy vehicle tax rebates on the condition that they drive their cars only on weekends.
However, these plans are so far still far from implementation.
Jakarta Police traffic division safety and security head Adj. Sr. Comr. Yakub Dedi Karyawan said the police had scrapped the color-based and plate number-based dr...