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Odd-even traffic policy for 15 hours? Jakarta is thinking about it

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 15, 2019   /   08:01 am
Odd-even traffic policy for 15 hours? Jakarta is thinking about it A police officer warns violators during the trial period of the expanded odd-even license plate traffic policy at Simpang Pancoran, South Jakarta on July 18, 2018. (kompas.com/Stanly Ravel)

The Jakarta Transportation Agency will review the recommendation submitted by the Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) regarding the revival of the extended odd-even traffic policy that was implemented last August during the 2018 Asian Games.

The BPTJ has recommended that the city implement an odd-even policy from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, excluding weekends and national holidays.

Read also: BPTJ urges restoring 15-hour extended odd-even traffic policy

The current odd-even policy is in effect from 6 a.m to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays.

“We have received the recommendation letter. We plan to coordinate [with them],” agency head Syafrin Liputo said on Friday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Read also: Jakarta roads less jammed in 2018. How come?

“The city administration will evaluate the BPTJ’s proposal in many aspects, such as economic and social aspects,” he added.

The BPTJ made the recommendation based on its latest evaluation of the policy on traffic along Jakarta's main thoroughfares. The results showed that the average vehicle speed in the first half of the year had decreased to 30.85 kilometers per hour, 17 percent slower than the average vehicle speed of 36.99 kph recorded during the Asian Games.

This year's figure was also lower than the average vehicle speed of 35.32 kph in the agency's previous evaluation in December 2018, indicating that vehicles were spending more time stuck in traffic. (das)