Jakarta. There has been more traffic on Jakarta's main thoroughfares three days into the temporary suspension of the 3-in-1 carpooling system, while traffic on alternative roads has declined, police said on Thursday (07/04).
The carpooling system, which police said is still more than capable of easing congestion but which the Jakarta administration has labeled ineffective, is temporarily suspended from Tuesday until Friday this week and from next Monday until Wednesday.
The suspension has adversely affected traffic on several main thoroughfares for the past two days with travel time having significantly increased, and the same situation happened on Thursday, police said.
"But there has been a decrease in traffic on alternative roads such as Jalan K.S. Tubun, Jalan K.H. Mas Mansyur, Jalan Abdul Muis, Jalan Palmerah, Jalan Suparman and Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said," said Adj. Sr. Comr. Budiyanto of the Jakarta Police's traffic unit.
Police insisted the suspended system, which bars private cars carrying fewer than three people from entering some main thoroughfares during rush hours, is still needed in the absence of an alternative system that could be implemented immediately.
The Jakarta administration is still preparing regulations and payment procedures for an electronic road pricing system, an alternative which will require cars to pay to pass certain roads using onboard units.