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Jakarta Post

Grab lobbies Sandiaga for exemption from odd-even policy

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 9, 2018   /   01:46 pm
Grab lobbies Sandiaga for exemption from odd-even policy An officer of the Jakarta Transportation Agency speaks to a driver in Tomang, West Jakarta, on July 2, during the trial period of the extended odd-even license plate traffic policy. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno said that online ride-hailing company Grab’s management had lobbied him to exclude its cars from the odd-even license plate traffic policy.

“They asked me to exempt Grab cars that have stickers and vehicle roadworthy test [KIR] certificates because those cars fall under the special cars category,” Sandiaga said on Wednesday as reported by

According to him, Grab argued that its cars with special stickers, which have taken the KIR tests, should have the same rights as conventional taxis, as stipulated in Transportation Minister Regulation No. 108/2017 on non-route public transportation.

“There are 12,000 to 14,000 Grab cars with KIR certificates, but only 6,000 of them have stickers,” he explained.

Sandiaga added that the administration was willing to grant the request as long as the company stuck to the regulation on the odd-even policy.

Gubernatorial Decree No. 77/2018 on traffic restriction through the odd-even system during the Asian Games, stipulates that some vehicles are exempt from the policy, such as presidential and vice presidential cars, as well as cars with RI license plates and those that carry their guards. The exemption also includes state cars, fire engines, ambulances and public transportation that has yellow license plates as well as motorcycles and cars with disabled passengers.

The odd-even policy will be implemented during the Games for 15 hours a day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and applies to major roads such as Jl. West Medan Merdeka Barat, Jl. MH Thamrin, Jl. Sudirman, Jl. Sisingamangaraja, Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jl. HR Rasuna Said, Jl. DI Panjaitan and Jl. A Yani. (stu)