The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Traffic Police have announced that expired driver's licenses will not need to be renewed until Aug. 31 owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the policy, driver’s licenses with expiration dates between March 17 until May 29 will remain valid until the end of August.
The Jakarta Police have instructed officers not to give tickets to drivers with licenses that expire between said dates until Aug. 31.
“We decided to extend the grace period because we have seen long queues [at renewal service offices in Jakarta],” Jakarta Police spokesperson Yusri Yunus said as quoted from kompas.com on Wednesday.
“The regional police forces that are providing a grace period for expired licenses are the Jakarta Police, East Kalimantan Police and Surabaya Police in East Java,” he added.
The policy is an extension of the previous grace period until May 29 and is aimed at supporting the government’s social restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The head of the National Police traffic corps, Insp. Gen. Istiono, signed on May 29 an order to reopen license renewal services at the police’s vehicle registration center (Satpas) and the vehicle document registration center (Samsat) in the capital.
Since reopening the service, the police have reported a high number of requests for renewal, resulting in long queues at counters from early in the morning.
Jakarta Police traffic director Sr. Comr. Sambodo Purnomo Yogo said the police would also limit the numbers of applicants for renewals in order to follow COVID-19 health protocols. (trn)