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City to apply electronic road pricing early next year

  • Sita W Dewi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 3, 2013   /  07:27 pm

The Jakarta administration intends on implementing the electronic road pricing policy  early next year as part of its effort to alleviate the capital'€™s massive traffic jams.

Governor Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo said the plan was welcomed by the City Council as its Legislation Body (Balegda) had been preparing the legal umbrella.

On Thursday, the Balegda held a meeting involving the City Traffic Police, the Jakarta Transportation Agency and the Indonesia Transportation Society (MTI) to discuss the advancement of traffic
control in Jakarta by applying electronic traffic law enforcement.

City Traffic Police law enforcement division head Adj. Sr. Comr. Hindarsono explained that electronic surveillance would be the most effective way  to control  ERP implementation in addition to
improving the  vehicle registration and identification process in the city.

'€œWith such a system, the traffic law enforcement will become more transparent and effective. Traffic surveillance will be done 24 hours a day, simultaneously. Traffic policemen can't abuse their authority
and the violators can't deny the violations,'€ Hindarsono told the forum, citing that 99 percent of traffic violators refused to admit their wrongdoings.

Jakarta Transportation Agency head Udar Pristono said that the city expected to apply the ERP policy during the first quarter of next year.

'€œWe aim to apply the ERP policy on the three-in-one roads plus Jl. HR Rasuna Said because the corridors have an adequate number of Transjakarta buses. The quality of the buses is also better than other corridors,'€ Udar said.

The city aims to set the tariff starting at Rp 21,000.

'€œBut the rate has not been set--we need to study further. We can put the ceiling in the draft so the actual rates can be issued in a gubernatorial decree--that way we can adjust the rates at anytime,'€ he
added.

During the meeting, Udar confirmed that the city had canceled its plan to apply odd-even plate number policy.

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