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Jakarta puts road pricing scheme on hold for next year

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 17, 2019   /   05:28 pm
Jakarta puts road pricing scheme on hold for next year Standing idle: Vehicles pass through a gantry of the electronic road pricing (ERP) system on Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta, in this file oh. The proof-of-concept test for three companies that have passed the pre-qualification round for the procurement of the ERP system, initially scheduled for Tuesday, was delayed for unspecified reasons. The test aims at determining the tender winner. (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama )

Amid tightened traffic management policies in place to tackle congestion and worsening air pollution, the Jakarta Administration announced it would not impose the long-delayed Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) scheme in the capital’s thoroughfares a following legal recommendation by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) regarding a failed tender process.

Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said the administration would review all documents for the road pricing procurement process next year to follow up on the AGO’s suggestions.

The AGO recommended that the city administration cancel the bid on the grounds of an improper procurement process, he said without offering further details. The city officially canceled the tender process on Aug 1.

Furthermore, the administration was also advised to review the documents for ERP procurement.

“We cannot review the documents this year because the budgeting process in the revised city budget has been completed,” he said on Friday as reported by tempo.co.

Therefore, his agency will propose a budget for a review in next year’s city budget, he added.

The Greater Jakarta Transportation Body (BPTJ) previously urged the city administration to impose an ERP scheme on several main roads in the capital this year and follow through with an expanded odd-even license plate policy.

The odd-even traffic policy was initially set as a temporary vehicle restriction scheme before the administration implemented a road pricing system.

Syafrin said the ERP was still an important part of traffic management in the capital. It would require the agency to cooperate with the Communications and Informatics Ministry.

“The odd-even policy is not a long-term solution; it only serves as a temporary solution before we implement the road pricing scheme,” he added.