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Jakarta Post

For cleaner air: Jakarta to start odd-even traffic policy expansion next month

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 5, 2019   /  02:25 pm
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Police officers ticket motorists who violate the odd-even license plate traffic policy on Jl. Gatot Subroto in South Jakarta on Aug. 1, 2018. ( Sari)

Commended as a contribution to smoother traffic management during last year’s Asian Games, the expansion of the odd-even traffic policy is back on track as the Jakarta administration scrambles to fight the choking smog blanketing the capital. The plan for the extension was included in the 2019 gubernatorial instruction issued by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on measures his administration would take regarding air pollution. Among the measures was the expansion of the odd-even license plate traffic policy that would officially start on Sept. 1 following a trial this month. “We will announce the routes next week prior to the trial period. Then, the policy will be fully enforced on Sept 1,” Anies said on Thursday, hours after the first hearing of a civic lawsuit against the city and the central government over poor management of worsening air quality in the city...