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Jakarta Post

Another misused official license plate case fades from view

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 14, 2019   /  12:51 pm
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A Bogor traffic police officer stops a speeding SUV bearing an official police license plate. The driver of the car was a 24-year-old civilian from South Tangerang, Banten. (Kompas Cyber Media/-)

It has happened again. A second clearcut case of misuse of an official license plate that had gone viral has disappeared from public attention without any official explanation about how it happened and, more importantly, if anyone has been punished. In March, the license plate of a military car was used for election campaigning. Early this month, a plate belonging to the National Police for a car designated to escort the President was used for a joyride. Both cases, documented in short videos that quickly made the rounds in social media, caused a huge public uproar. Yet, each time the case simply vanished and public attention moved on to newer stories. Using police or military license plates gives drivers privileges that civilian plates do not confer, even impunity when violating minor traffic laws. Traffic police would be reluctant to stop drivers with such plates, turning a...