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Jakarta Post

Editorial: Car-free days the best policy?

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, May 12 2012   /  10:12 am

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...