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Jakarta Post

No city for old cars: Jakarta plans drastic measures to clear choking smog

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 2, 2019   /  06:57 pm
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Hardly visible: Smog blankets Jakarta’s skyscrapers on Tuesday. Air pollution in the city is among the worst in the world.(The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama )

How old is your vehicle now? Just a heads up: By 2025, Jakarta will no longer allow privately owned vehicles aged over 10 years old on its roads. In the meantime, the city of more than 9 million people is weighing up the possibility of expanding the odd-even policy. Those are among the drastic measures the Jakarta administration will take to fight its air pollution problem, which has reached dangerous levels and led to legal action against Governor Anies Baswedan.    The policies are outlined in a gubernatorial instruction released by Anies on Thursday, only hours after the first hearing of the first-ever civic lawsuit against the city and the government over worsening air quality.   The instruction states that the city administration will “tighten the vehicle emission test for privately owned vehicles starting 2019 and ensure that there are no privatel...