The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Police has said that its traffic unit collected Rp 2.3 billion (US$172,000) in fines from traffic violators in a single week.
Jakarta Police traffic unit chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Budiyanto said many of the 4,684 violators were ticketed for driving on sidewalks or against traffic, while others were caught along South Jakarta’s Casablanca overpass.
“The fines were the maximum, Rp 500,000. All of the violators were motorcyclists,” Budiyanto said Wednesday, as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com.
The traffic police also confiscated 2,543 driver’s licenses and 2,137 vehicle registration documents (STNK), he added.
On Tuesday morning, hundreds of ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers blocked the Casablanca elevated road to protest what they regarded as the police’s unfair targeting of motorcyclists taking the overpass.
Jakarta Transportation Agency deputy head Sigit Wijatmoko had said earlier that motorcyclists should not drive on the Casablanca overpass for reasons of safety.
“Motorcyclists tend to stop up there to take pictures,” Sigit said, stressing that the activity was dangerous. He added that the shear winds on the overpass were too strong for motorcycles.
However, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) country director Yoga Adiwinarto said that the sightseeing reason did not make sense, because car users also stopped on the overpass to take pictures. The wind was also not too strong for motorcyclists, he added. (wnd)