The Jakarta Post
The East Jakarta Prosecutor's Office in Jatinegara struggled to handle the sudden spike in traffic violators on Thursday, most of whom had violated the newly expanded odd-even license plate traffic policy.
Hundreds of individuals needing to redeem their vehicle documents after completing the traffic ticket procedure formed a line that spilled out onto the streets, intertwining with parked motorcycles and cars.
The odd-even policy, which restricts private cars from entering certain major thoroughfares based on plate numbers, was expanded on Aug. 1 to ease congestion ahead of and during the Asian Games. Many residents were caught off guard, with police ticketing over 5,000 motorists in the first six days.
Hendra Ramadan said he had been queuing since 8.30 a.m. but only received the necessary documents at 11 a.m. He added that the office was understaffed, as only seven officials were on duty, placing stress on officials and visitors.
“There should be more officials,” he said as reported by tribunnews.com.
Joko, another visitor, said he had to pay Rp 80,000 (US$5) for violating the expanded traffic policy, far less than the Rp 250,000 fine he was issued.
“We had to queue for two hours, just to pay Rp 80,000”, he complained.
Lidia, another traffic violator, concurred, adding that she took a day off work to handle the affair.
“I hope they increase the number of staff on duty and the number of counters,” she said. (nor)