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Police object to Jakarta administration closing road for street vendors

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 5, 2018   /   08:24 am
Police object to Jakarta administration closing road for street vendors The front of Tanah Abang Station in Central Jakarta is crowded with vendors on Dec. 22, after the Jakarta administration closed a lane on Jl. Jati Baru Raya to accommodate street vendors. (JP/Rifky Dewandaru)

Jakarta Police traffic management director Sr. Comr. Halim Pagarra has said he appreciates the Jakarta administration’s intention of accommodating street vendors in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, but it was against the law to allow them to take over Jl. Jati Baru Raya.

“We support the policy for street vendors, but don’t violate the law,” Halim said on the sidelines of a focus group discussion on traffic management around Tanah Abang Station in Jakarta on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com.

Halim said changing the function of a road violated Article 63 of Law No.38/2004 on roads.

“If activities cause disruptions on a road, the punishment is a Rp 1.5 billion (US$105,000) fine and 18 months’ imprisonment,” Halim said.

In December, the Jakarta administration closed one lane of Jl. Jati Baru Raya in front of Tanah Abang Station from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The street vendors are given small shelters for free.

The plan is part of the Tanah Abang Market arrangement initiated by Governor Anies Baswedan and his deputy Sandiaga Uno.

The remaining lane is the dedicated Transjakarta bus lane. There are six bus shelters around Tanah Abang, where buses operate on a route that circles the whole market. (wnd)