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Jakarta administration urged to challenge motorcycle ban revocation

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 11, 2018   /   04:44 pm
Jakarta administration urged to challenge motorcycle ban revocation Jakarta Transportation Agency staff take down a motorcycle ban traffic sign on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Jan. 10. (The Jakarta Post/JP/Seto Awo)

The Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) is urging the Jakarta administration to file a judicial review challenging the Supreme Court ruling to lift the ban on motorcycles on the city’s main thoroughfares.

BPTJ chairman Bambang Prihartono said the motorcycle ban was effective in reducing traffic congestion from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Jl. MH Thamrin to Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat in Central Jakarta.

The policy to ban motorcycles was issued following academic studies and did not violate any laws, he said.

The BPTJ would urge the Jakarta administration to file a judicial review in an upcoming meeting, Bambang said.

“It is the Jakarta administration that has the authority to file a judicial review,” Bambang said on Tuesday as quoted by tempo.co.

He added that the BPTJ could only give recommendations on how to manage the flow of traffic in Greater Jakarta and that it was up to the administration to take action.

The policy should be expanded to apply to other roads in order to encourage motorcyclists to use public transportation, Bambang said.

“Motorcycles contribute to 70 percent of road accidents," he added. (cal)