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Jakarta Post

Odd-even policy successful, but not permanent option

  • Vela Andapita and Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 12 2018   /  12:46 am

The odd-even license plate traffic policy, which has been enforced on major thoroughfares since prior to the 2018 Asian Games, has been deemed successful in easing Jakarta’s nightmarish traffic.

The Jakarta Transportation Agency recorded that vehicle speeds under the odd-even policy increased by 44 percent and CO2 emissions in the city’s air decreased by 20.3 percent.

The odd-even traffic policy stipulates that cars with a license plates ending in an odd number are only allowed to travel in certain zones on odd-numbered dates, while those with even plate numbers are only allowed to travel on even-numbered dates.

Commuter Dwi Muchtar said the odd-even license plate traffic policy had made his journey much easier because Transjakarta buses arrived at shelters relatively on time.

“I used to spend 30 minutes simply waiting for the next bus,” Dwi said.