The Jakarta Post
The National Police seized 710 commercial vehicles for transporting passengers during the period of the mudik (Idul Fitri exodus) ban designed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“Among the 710 vehicles were 698 illegal shuttle vans, eight freight trucks and four buses," National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ahmad Ramadhan said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
Some 87,636 vehicles were ordered to return to their point of departure during this year’s Operation Ketupat -- a security operation during Ramadan and the Idul Fitri holiday -- which lasted from April 24 until May 26.
“Up until Wednesday, the police had issued 9,541 reprimand letters for traffic violations," he said, adding that this figure had decreased compared with last year's violations.
Ahmad said 52 traffic accidents were recorded during this year’s Operation Ketupat, a 100 percent increase compared with last year.
Previously, the National Police also tightened security at all mudik checkpoints to stop people who had left Greater Jakarta from returning back to the capital without an exit and entry permit (SIKM).
“People wishing to enter Jakarta are required to obtain a permit from the Jakarta administration and the police,” National Police traffic corps head Insp. Gen Istiono said on Monday. “Otherwise, they will be told to turn back,”. (trn)