The Jakarta Post
Jakarta has seen a so-called positive reaction from the public in response to the city administration’s plans to intensify car-free days to one day a week to improve Jakarta’s air quality. While the policy deserves accolade, a question arises as to why the administration looks reluctant to explore other, more significant ways of reducing air pollution.
Car-free days are stipulated in city Bylaw No. 2/2005 on Air Pollution Control, which requires each of Jakarta’s five municipalities to hold their own car-free days once a month.
On the new car-free day, the city administration closes off adjoining main thoroughfares Jl. Sudirman and Jl. Thamrin in Central Jakarta from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Sunday and a number of streets in each municipality once a month.
The city government is surely aware that the bylaw also stipulates a requirement to expand green areas, to...