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Jakarta Post

Jakarta Police propose odd-even policy to replace motorcycle ban

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 10, 2018   /   02:06 pm
Jakarta Police propose odd-even policy to replace motorcycle ban A Nov. 7, 2017 file photo show traffic conditions on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta. (JP/Rifky Dewandaru)

The Jakarta Police traffic directorate has proposed applying the odd-even license plate policy to motorcycles from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Jl. MH Thamrin to Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat in Central Jakarta. The idea is for the odd-even policy to replace the ban on motorcycles from entering the thoroughfares from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Supreme Court recently found in favor of a petition from motorcyclists on lifting the ban and ruled that the regulation contravened the 1999 Human Rights Law, as public roads should be accessible to all.

"Our suggestion to the governor before revoking the [motorcycle ban] is to issue a decree to limit the number of motorcycles [entering the area] through the odd-even policy, as has been enforced on four-wheeled vehicles," Jakarta Police traffic division chief Sr. Comr. Halim Pagarra said Wednesday during a discussion on traffic management, reported

He said the regulation was needed to prevent clogged streets, adding that traffic congestion in the area had eased after the motorcycle ban was implemented in 2014.

"So we can't just let [all] vehicles enter Thamrin, we need to limit them through the odd-even policy. That is what we expect from the governor," Halim said. (fac)