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Jakarta Post

Expanded odd-even traffic policy here to stay, Jakarta finally decides

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 31, 2018   /   07:00 pm
Expanded odd-even traffic policy here to stay, Jakarta finally decides Jakarta Police officers explain the odd-even license plate traffic control policy to a motorist near the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta in 2016. (Antara Foto/Muhammad Adimaja)

The city administration announced on Monday that the expanded odd-even traffic control policy is to remain in place.

“The odd-even traffic policy that was implemented before the 2018 Asian Games has changed the public’s mobility patterns in Jakarta in a positive way,” the acting head of Jakarta's Transportation Agency, Sigit Widjatmoko, said in a press statement on Monday.

Speaking on a different occasion, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said there would be evaluations every three months regarding the policy.

“The policy would not apply for only three months, but a review will be conducted every three months,” he said.  

The implementation of extended odd-even policy starts on Jan. 2, 2019. 

The roads with the odd-even policy remain the same. They include Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat, Jl. MH Thamrin, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, some parts of Jl. Jend. S. Parman, Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jl. HR. Rasuna Said, Jl. Jend. MT Haryono, Jl. Jend. DI Panjaitan and Jl. Jend. Ahmad Yani.       

The policy does not apply to between intersections nearest to toll gates.

Jakarta initially enforced the odd-even traffic control in July prior to the 2018 Asian Games in August and it was to have ended after the Asian Para Games in October. However, the control was extended to Dec. 31 with several adjustments.

In its first implementation, it had been applied for 15 hours per day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the Asian Games and Para Games. The policy now applies from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., except on weekends and national holidays. (sau)