A motorcyclist is issued a police ticket for trespassing a bicycle lane in Jakarta on Monday. (Photo courtesy of the Jakarta Transportation Department)

Jakarta Police Begin Ticketing Bicycle Lane Trespassers 


NOVEMBER 25, 2019

Jakarta. Jakarta Police issued tickets to 66 motorcyclists who trespassed the city's new bicycle lanes on Monday, the first day the rule was being enforced. 

"Most of them were ticketed on Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan [in Central Jakarta]," traffic law enforcement unit head Deputy Comr. Fahri Siregar told reporters.

The offenders were charged under a newly-adopted regulation that carries a maximum penalty of a Rp 500,000 ($35) fine or a two-month prison sentence.

The police are now authorized to issue tickets to motorists who trespass the bicycle lanes.

On Monday, more police officers were seen in several locations in the city monitoring the lanes and ticketing offenders.

"Yes, our traffic officers had started ticketing motorists [who crossed the bicycle lane] on Monday," Jakarta Police spokesman Chief Comr. Yusri Yunus said.

Yusri said the police were imposing a zero-tolerance policy, immediately issuing the tickets to motorists who crossed the bicycle lanes. 

A trial of the new rule had ended on Sunday, during which offenders were only given a warning.