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Jakarta Post

Jakarta waives odd-even traffic policy for motorcycles. Experts ask why

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 11, 2019   /  01:24 pm
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A traffic jam forms on Aug. 7, 2019 at an intersection on Jl. Salemba Raya in Central Jakarta. The road is among the 25 roads covered in the expanded odd-even traffic policy, which is on trial from Aug. 12-Sept. 6. (Antara/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

  The Jakarta administration’s final expansion of the odd-even traffic policy – which aims to curb the worsening air pollution and reduce traffic congestion in the capital – exempts motorcycles. Experts are now questioning the effectiveness of the policy, as the nation's capital has seen a surge of motorcycles on its streets in the past years. Djoko Setijowarno from the Indonesian Transportation Society (MTI) questioned the decision of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to exempt motorcycles, after mulling the inclusion of two-wheeled vehicles in the policy. Djoko argued that motorcycles should also be subject to limited mobility, as they consisted the majority of vehicles in the capital. He cited data from the Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) that 24.89 million motorcycl...