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Jakarta Post

Commentary: Jakarta needs tough air pollution control; are we ready?

  • Bambang Nurbianto

    Journalist at The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, September 14 2019   /  12:28 am

On Monday, the Jakarta administration started to enforce the expansion of the odd-even license plate policy from only nine to 25 roads for private cars and other four- or more-wheeled vehicles in response to a lawsuit against the governors of Jakarta, Banten and West Java as well as against President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and several ministers, who are being blamed for the poor air quality in the capital.As a city with one of the worst air-pollution problems in the world, Jakarta and its satellite cities need tougher policies on air-pollution control, particularly to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, whose contribution to air pollution in urban areas amounts to about 70 to 80 percent, surveys show.Therefore, traffic restrictions such as the odd-even policy should not only target cars but also motorcycles to significantly cut emissions, because motorcycles account for 75...