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Jakarta to reevaluate odd-even policy after reports of COVID-19 clusters on public transportation

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 8, 2020   /   03:03 pm
Jakarta to reevaluate odd-even policy after reports of COVID-19 clusters on public transportation Numbers matter: Vehicles pass under a digital banner carrying information on the reimplementation of the odd-even plate policy on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The Jakarta administration is set to reevaluate the odd-even license plate policy in the capital after recent reports of COVID-19 clusters emerging from public transportation.

The evaluation will determine whether the administration will continue to impose the policy in the capital city, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said.

"We are always transparent and share complete data [with the public], so our policy making is always based on what is really happening in the field," Anies said on Tuesday as reported by kompas.com.

He added that he would announce whether or not the policy would be continued on Thursday, at the end of the capital’s transitional large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) period.

Read also: Return of odd-even policy increases ridership, Jakarta Police say

After lifting the odd-even license plate policy in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak in March, the Jakarta administration announced on July 31 that it would reimpose it in a bid to ease traffic congestion arising after the relaxation of PSBB measures.

After the policy was reimposed Jakarta Police traffic director Sr. Comr. Sambodo Purnomo Yogo said ridership on the city’s Transjakarta buses had increased by 6 to 12 percent.

National COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo called on the Jakarta administration to reevaluate the policy on Thursday.

“Following the implementation of the odd-even plate policy, data show that there has been a 3.5 percent increase in commuter line [KRL] passengers from an average of 400,000 passengers a day,” Doni said in a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing social affairs.

He further revealed that 62 percent of the 944 coronavirus patients hospitalized at the COVID-19 emergency hospital in the Kemayoran Athletes Village in Central Jakarta were users of public transportation.

Doni also urged ministries and state-owned enterprises to prevent their employees from using public transportation. (nal)