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Jakarta governor sued over air pollution. He forces motorists to leave cars at home

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, August 7, 2019   /  08:18 pm
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Waiver: A Jakarta Transportation Agency official affixes a disability sticker to a car parked at the agency’s office in Central Jakarta on Tuesday that exempts the driver from the odd-even license plate traffic restriction. (The Jakarta Post/Umair Rizaludin )

The Jakarta administration is pressing ahead with its plan to expand the controversial odd-even license plate traffic policy, despite howls of protests from some motorists who still have no faith in the city’s public transport system. The city administration ended speculation about the policy at a press conference Wednesday, saying the decision was final and that the expanded odd-even policy — aimed at reducing air pollution — would begin a trial on Monday and come into full effect on Sept. 9. “The number of roads affected by the odd-even policy will increase from nine to 25,” Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo told reporters.   The policy will also have a longer duration. It will now be enforced from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m, an hour longer than the current duration.  Syafrin said he was convinced ...