The Jakarta Police plan to test its new electronic traffic ticketing system, known as e-tilang, from next month. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

Jakarta Begins Even-Odd Traffic System Trial

BY :LENNY TRISTIA TAMBUN

JULY 27, 2016

Jakarta. The Jakarta administration began its one-month trial of the "odd-even" traffic system on Wednesday morning (27/07) on four major thoroughfares in the city.

The new system requires alternating turns for cars entering the city's main thoroughfares according to the number on their licensed plates — odd-numbered license plates will access roads on odd-numbered dates and even-numbered plates on even-numbered dates.

The restrictions apply to Medan Merdeka Barat, Jalan Sudirman, Jalan Thamrin and Jalan Gatot Subroto Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

City Transportation Agency head Andri Yansah said more than 320 police, transport agency and public order agency officers have been deployed to 24 monitoring spots along four major thoroughfares.

The officers will monitor car plate numbers and perform random checks on registration papers, anticipating limited use of fraudulent license plates. Transgressors will be issued with warning letters during the trial period.

“The proportion of odd plates is 52 percent while the even one is 48 percent. Since the monitoring is still conducted manually, we only expect around 20 to 30 percent reduced traffic. We are still working for the new scheme of electronic road pricing [ERP],” Andri Yansah said.

The odd-even system was introduced after the city administration phased out the controversial "three-in-one" carpooling system two months ago. The system barred private vehicles with fewer than three occupants from entering the three main streets. However, it was deemed ineffective in easing traffic congestion and creating social problems.

The administration is still preparing infrastructure for its long-promised electronic road pricing system which will require drivers to pay to enter certain roads by using on-board transponders.

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