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Sandiaga supports city ridding sidewalks of vendors, motorists

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 3, 2017   /   09:17 pm
Sandiaga supports city ridding sidewalks of vendors, motorists 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)

Jakarta deputy governor-elect Sandiaga Uno has voice support for the Bulan Patuh Troroar (Orderly Sidewalk Month) launched by the city administration for the entire month of August.  

“We support the Orderly Sidewalk Month. I talked with the UMKM [micro, small and medium enterprises] agency head a few days ago so that the agency organizes street vendors,” Sandiaga said on Thursday. 

He said business players could help find a solution for street vendors by finding them spaces to ply their trade.

The program to clear sidewalks of street vendors and motorists saw 240 vehicle owners sanctioned during the launch on Aug. 1. 

Sandiaga said it was not difficult to find sidewalks in Jakarta that were occupied by street vendors, motorcyclists, tire repairers and parked vehicles. Pedestrians, on the other hand, had become outsiders who had to be careful to avoid accidents on sidewalks.

“Especially when it comes to motorcyclists. Two days ago I was almost hit by a motorbike on the sidewalk while running. I agree that those who occupy sidewalks should be cracked down on and given a deterrent,” Sandiaga said.

Some motorcyclists try to save time by driving on sidewalks, he said, adding that they should leave for their destinations earlier in order not to create dangerous situations. (dra)