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Jakarta claims success, but odd-even traffic policy irks motorists

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, September 11, 2019   /  07:21 am
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A traffic policeman writes a ticket for a car driver who violated the odd-even license plate traffic policy in Tomang in West Jakarta on Monday. The Jakarta authorities started the enforcement of the expanded policy after conducting a nearly month-long trial run. (JP/Narabeto Korohama)

Motorists in Jakarta will have noticed more police officers standing by on thoroughfares and new traffic signs warning about the extended odd-even license plate traffic policy since Monday. After nearly a month-long trial run, drivers will now get tickets from the police if they violate the policy. A total of 963 violators were recorded on the first day of the enforcement, according to data collected by the Jakarta Police on Monday, while 1,017 violators were ticketed on Tuesday morning. Many motorists have questioned the policy, which they say limits their mobility.  A driver with a ride-hailing app Denny Rumende, who drove his car with an even-numbered plate on Monday, expressed his frustration saying the policy restricted his mobility and he had no choice but to adapt to it by trying to find alternative routes. During the policy implementation on Monday, an odd-number...