Tuesday (30/08) marked the first day of the odd-even licence plate traffic system in Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Yudhi Mahatma)

Ahok Asks Police to Only Fine Violators of New Traffic Rationing System


AUGUST 30, 2016

Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama said the provincial government has asked the police's traffic directorate to issue motorists, who fail to comply with the city's new traffic rationing system, with so-called blue tickets.

The policy will allow offenders to pay the maximum fine but without having to go to court, so payment can be made via banks. They will also get their driver's licenses back sooner.

The Jakarta administration started on Tuesday (30/08) to impose the odd-even license plate system, which only allows private vehicles to enter the busiest roads in the city on either odd- or even-numbered days between Mondays and Fridays, from 07.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

The affected roads are Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat (Central Jakarta), Jalan M.H. Thamrin (Central Jakarta), Jalan Jend. Sudirman (South Jakarta), Jalan Sisingamangaraja (South Jakarta) and part of Jalan Gatot Subroto (from Senayan to Kuningan in South Jakarta).

"The odd-even system is new. I told [the police] not to issue red tickets because then the case will be taken to court. We requested them, where possible, to only issue blue tickets, so offenders can pay fines directly at the bank," Ahok told reporters at his office in Central Jakarta.

Red tickets are issued when drivers wish to defend themselves in court. In such cases, the value of the fine is determined by a judge. Blue tickets are issued when drivers admit guilt and are prepared to pay the maximum fine at a bank or via automated teller machine. In both cases, the police will take the driver's license and/or car registration documents.

Ahok said he believes the odd-even system will be better than the three-in-one rule, used previously. The system only allowed cars with three of more occupants to enter the main streets during rush hour on weekdays. This saw the emergence of so-called jockeys, or people who used to act as additional passengers for a fee, in order to help motorists bypass the system.