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Jakarta Post

Police to allow motorists to use built-in navigation systems

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 7, 2018   /   06:45 pm
Police to allow motorists to use built-in navigation systems GPS' have become must-have tools while driving as they help drivers navigate unfamiliar routes. However, constantly checking GPS apps may cause an accident. (Shutterstock/File)

The Jakarta Police have clarified their plan to fine motorists using navigation apps. The police’s traffic chief, Sr. Comr. Halim Pagarra, said such practices would not constitute a traffic violation if motorists used built-in navigation systems.   

“It is categorized as a traffic violation if [they use] a GPS app on their mobile phone,” he said as quoted by on Wednesday.

Listening to music and smoking cigarettes, Halim added, were not traffic violations.

Halim’s subordinate, Adj. Sr. Comr. Budiyanto, said previously that listening to music and smoking cigarettes were activities that could break concentration and were categorized as traffic violations. His statement caused uproar among motorists.

Article 106 of the Traffic Law stipulates that anyone driving a motorized vehicle must do so with full care and concentration. (vla)