Jakarta. The Jakarta administration will implement its even-odd license plate traffic policy at the end of August, a month after the start of a trail period that will commence towards the end of this month, a police official said on Saturday (23/07).
The policy requires vehicles with license plates ending in even or odd numbers to take turns on alternate days, coinciding with even or odd dates, to enter the main roads in the city.
The restriction applies to Jalan Jend. Sudirman, Jalan M.H. Thamrin and Jalan Gatot Subroto from Mondays to Fridays, between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
"The trial and implementation phases are basically similar," said Adj. Sr. Comr. Budiyanto, head of the Jakarta Police's traffic enforcement subunit. "What's different is during the trial, violators will be issued with written warnings while during the implementation, they will be ticketed."
Motorists that fail to abide by the policy will face up to two months in prison or a fine of Rp 500,000 ($38), as stipulated in the 2009 Law on Traffic and Land Transportation.
The implementation and trial of the policy followed its one-month introduction and the revocation of the three-in-one carpooling system two months ago.
The system that bars vehicles carrying fewer than three people from entering the three main streets was deemed no longer effective to ease congestion.
The even-odd policy will apply during transition period between the three-in-one system and the long-overdue electronic road pricing scheme.
The technology and infrastructure for the scheme that will require drivers to pay to enter certain roads by using onboard transponder units, have been available, but regulations and payment procedures are still being prepared.