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Jakarta Post

City begins towing cars parked on sidewalks

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 2, 2017   /   05:42 pm
City begins towing cars parked on sidewalks Jakarta Transportation Agency officers tow away a car that was parked on a sidewalk on Jl. Abdullah Syafei in Tebet, South Jakarta. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

The Orderly Sidewalk Month program to clear sidewalks of street vendors and motorists has so far seen 240 vehicle owners in the capital sanctioned. 

"On the first day, Tuesday, 240 vehicles owners were sanctioned for parking on sidewalks," said Jakarta's Transportation Agency deputy head Sigit Wijatmoko as quoted by Antara news agency on Wednesday.

The vehicles were both two- and four-wheelers, he added. 

Of the number, 52 were towed, 49 were ticketed and the remaining had their tires flattened. 

As part of the program, set to run until Aug. 31, he said, 500 officers had been deployed. They are part of a joint team formed by his agency, Jakarta's Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), Jakarta Police and the National Army.

The program, which came into effect on Tuesday, is aimed at creating a convenient pedestrian environment by clearing sidewalks of vendors and motorists. 

The measures are focused on 30 areas across the capital this month, including Jl. Gajah Mada, Central Jakarta and Jl. Abdullah Syafei, South Jakarta. (agn)