The Jakarta Post
Cars with red license plates, which denote government-owned vehicles, are exempt from the odd-even traffic policy currently on trial at three toll gates in Greater Jakarta, according to National Police Traffic Corps chief Insp. Gen. Royke Lumowa.
The Transportation Ministry has been conducting a trial run of the odd-even policy at Tangerang 2, Kunciran, and Cibubur 2 since Monday. The rule is in effect from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekdays.
Under the odd-even policy, cars with even-numbered license plates are allowed to pass through the tollgates on even-numbered dates. The same holds for cars with odd-numbered license plates on odd-numbered dates.
“If the license plate of a car is red, it could bypass the odd-even policy. If it is still a regular license plate, even with an RF code, then they must follow the policy,” Royke said on Tuesday as reported by Tempo, referring to the special license plate code offered to government officials.
Royke said this showed that the policy was selective in its implementation.
“If someone owns a car with a black license plate with an RF code, that means the car is a private vehicle and must follow the rules for private vehicles,” he said.
On Monday, Greater Jakarta Transportation Body (BPTJ) chief Bambang Prihartono claimed that cars with RF black license plate were exempt from the odd-even policy.
However, the next day he announced that the agency agreed with the Traffic Corps’ decision. (ami)