The government's new minimum and maximum tariffs for online car-hailing services are fair and reasonable to ensure a level playing field against traditional taxi operators, a top executive at Indonesian Consumer Protection Foundation (YLKI) said. (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean)

Massive Gridlock on Cipularang Toll Road as Jakarta Residents Return In Droves


JULY 09, 2016

Jakarta. According to reports, thousands of vehicles heading from Bandung to Jakarta were stuck in a traffic gridlock on the Cipularang highway late on Saturday (09/07).

Cars moved at a snail's pace in a traffic jam that stretched for nearly five kilometers from kilometer 62 to kilometer 66 on the highway.

The cause of the severe traffic jam was a surge in the number of vehicles headed toward Jakarta and the queue at the intersection of the Cipali and Cipularang toll roads at kilometer 66.

Traffic has stood still for more than 30 minutes, according to a holiday traveler heading to Jakarta.

“I have been stuck here for a while, more than half an hour at least,” said Yayan, who was waiting inside his car at kilometer 65 when the Jakarta Globe spoke to him.

Officials had expected that traffic on toll roads coming into Jakarta would peak on Saturday and Sunday, as people are scheduled to come back to work on Monday.