A traffic jam on Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur in Central Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak)

Odd-Even System a Setback for Jakarta's Traffic Management: Consumer Group


JUNE 21, 2016

Jakarta. The Indonesian Consumer Protection Foundation, or YLKI, said on Tuesday (21/06) the Jakarta administration's plan to allow cars to pass major streets on alternate days based on their odd or even number plates would be a setback for traffic management in the capital.

The police will enforce the so-called odd-even system on Jalan M.H. Thamrin, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Jalan Gatot Subroto and Jalan Rasuna Said between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The new system will be trialed on July 20.

YLKI chairman Tulus Abadi said the odd-even system is a setback since the police will likely find it difficult to enforce the rule, unless the city installs a monitoring device on the capital's thoroughfares.

"Many will violate the rule, and 'on-the-spot' fines will be rife again," Tulus said, suggesting that the new system will provide more opportunities for traffic offenders to try to bribe police officers to avoid getting ticketed.

According to Tulus, the new system may also create an "underground business" of counterfeit number plates, as car owners

Tulus said the city should employ the long-promised electronic road pricing (ERP) system as soon as possible rather than mess around with the odd-even system.

Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama said the odd-even system is a stop-gap solution while the city completes the infrastructure for the ERP system, which will be launched next year.

Ahok said the ERP system will be an effective replacement for the highly criticized three-in-one carpool system which was scrapped in May.