The Trans-Java Toll Road near Bawen, Central Java, was packed on Saturday. (Antara Photo/Aji Styawan)

No Trucks Allowed on Trans-Java Toll Road Until Wednesday


JUNE 10, 2019

Jakarta. The Ministry of Transportation has extended its restriction on heavy goods vehicles entering the Trans-Java Toll Road from Semarang in Central Java to Jakarta until Wednesday.

"That stretch of the toll road will be reserved for private cars [during the specified period]," Budi Setiyadi, the director general of land transportation at the ministry, said in a statement on Monday.

The restriction had already been in place from Saturday to Monday. The transportation ministry and the police decided to extend it after noticing that only 30 percent of Jakarta residents who left the city for Idul Fitri had returned by Sunday.

Heavy goods vehicles, mostly commercial trucks, are now not allowed to enter the 1,167-kilometer-long Trans-Java Toll Road on Tuesday and Wednesday as well.

They will be diverted to non-toll roads on the north coast of Java (Pantura) through Semarang, Cirebon, Indramayu, Karawang and Bekasi.

The Trans-Java Toll Road is fully operational for the first time during the Idul Fitri road rush this year, providing an uninterrupted link of highways on the country's most densely populated island.

Around 33 million people made the often arduous trip to visit families for Idul Fitri this year, almost half of them from the capital Jakarta.