The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta administration will focus on the implementation of electronic road pricing (ERP) and providing sufficient public transportation for Jakarta commuters before officially expanding the ban on motorcycles using the capital's thoroughfares.
The city will conduct the tender for the ERP this year and aims to kick off the the program, which will see vehicles being charged for using Jakarta's roads, by next year, Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama said on Monday.
The city administration is also currently working to increase the number of public buses operating under city-owned PT Transjakarta, including extending the service to the capital's satellite cities.
Ahok denied reports that his administration would expand the ban on motorcycles using the city's main roads from Jl Sudirman through to the Senayan area on May 1. The city initially banned motorcycles using Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle from Jl. MH Thamrin to Jl. Merdeka Barat in Central Jakarta last year.
No more motorcycle bans will be implemented just yet, Ahok said. The rumors of the ban might have been instigated by people opposed to the motorcycle ban, especially as the issue was raised near the upcoming Labor day on May 1, he added.
Separately, the head of traffic engineering at Jakarta’s Transportation Agency, Priyanto, said the ban on motorcycles using Jl. Sudirman was only a discourse as part of the evaluation of the month-long suspension of the three-in-one car-pooling policy.
The city administration will have further discussions with other stakeholders on the suspension of the policy, the final decision on which will be made on May 8. (rin)
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