Jakarta to Run One-Month Trial of Even-Odd Traffic Policy in Late July


JUNE 17, 2016

Jakarta. The Jakarta administration will run a one-month trial of the even-odd license plate traffic policy late next month, an official said, following last month's phasing out of the three-in-one carpooling system.

The new regulation requires vehicles with license plates ending in even or odd numbers to take turns every other day to enter the roads where the three-in-one system previously applied.

These include Jalan Jend. Sudirman, Jalan M.H. Thamrin, Jalan Gatot Subroto and Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said.

The even-odd policy will be implemented between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays, Jakarta Transportation Office head Andri Yansyah said.

"Based on the procedure, the trial will run for a month while an evaluation is taking place," Andri said on Friday (17/06), as quoted by Kompas.com. "This implementation will be a replacement for the phased-out three-in-one system."

Deemed as no longer effective to reduce traffic congestion, the three-in-one policy, which only allowed cars with three or more occupants on Jakarta's main roads, was scrapped in May.

The trial of the even-odd policy is expected to be a transitional measure until the implementation of the long-overdue electronic road pricing scheme, requiring drivers to pay for access on some roads during certain times of the day, with the use of onboard transponder units.