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Low safety standards, corruption haunt Indonesia’s logistics services

  • Kharishar Kahfi, Apriadi Gunawan and Suherdjoko 

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta, Medan, Semarang   /   Mon, September 9, 2019   /  09:57 am
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A truck loaded with hebel blocks crashed into a white car in Neglasari, Tangerang, Banten in August. No casualties were reported in the accident.(wartakotalive.com/Andika Panduwinata)

Several road accidents involving large trucks taking place across the country in the past few months have raised questions over safety standards in the logistics services, the backbone of the nation’s economy. Late last year, Transportation Ministry land transportation director general Budi Setiadi revealed that “almost 90 percent of the country’s logistics is still transported by land”. His statement was in line with a report issued by the Australian-funded Indonesia Infrastructure Initiative (IndII) in 2014, which found that around 75 percent of logistics transportation across the country was still done by road. Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Bali and the Nusa Tenggara islands rely heavily on land transportation, while Kalimantan, Maluku and Papua depend mostly on sea transportation. The latest crash that made headlines on Sunday involved 21 vehicles and kill...