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Jakarta transport council left in dark about latest policies

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 17, 2018   /   02:36 pm
Jakarta transport council left in dark about latest policies A 'becak' driver transports a passenger on Jan. 16 in Rawabadak, North Jakarta. The city's transportation council has said that the Jakarta governor did not consult them on recent policies, including a plan to revive 'becak' services in the capital. (JP/Rifky Dewandaru)

The Jakarta Transportation Council (DTKJ) has stated that the city administration never consulted them on the new transportation policies that have recently been in the media spotlight.

"They never consulted us on their recent regulations," DTKJ head Ellen Tangkudung said on Tuesday as reported by kompas.com.

She was referring to the administration's latest policies, such as the Tanah Abang plan, revoking the motorcycle ban on Jl. MH Thamrin, and reviving the becak (pedicab) in Jakarta.

Regarding the pedicab policy, Ellen said her team would meet to discuss the issue and that Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan would be notified on its conclusion. 

Ellen said that Anies needed to consider passenger safety in the matter.

"Moreover, if Anies is genuinely concerned about becak drivers' welfare in the wake of app-based transportation services, a huge [income] gap will still remain between becak drivers and those in online transportation, because most people prefer the latter," she added. 

Anies is planning to issue a gubernatorial decree to allow becak to operate in Jakarta again, after they were banned from the capital during the 1987-1992 administration of Wiyogo Atmodarminto.