Jakarta to launch road pricing scheme in 2020

Jakarta to launch road pricing scheme in 2020

Head of Jakarta Transportation Office Syafrin Liputo delivered a statement at the city hall, Jakarta, Friday (October 18, 2019). ANTARA/Livia Kristianti/GTM

As you understand, the odd-even traffic rule is part of a transition before we introduce the electronic road pricing scheme
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The provincial government of Jakarta has assured that the road pricing scheme (ERP) in the capital’s thoroughfares will be launched in April 2020, Head of the province's transportation office, Syafrin Liputo, stated here, Friday. The road pricing scheme, dubbed as more effective than the odd-even traffic rule, was aimed at tackling congestion and easing air pollution in the province, he explained.

Under Jakarta's traffic rule, not all cars are allowed to drive through some roads during certain hours. Cars follow the odd-even license plate rule matching the date on the calendar on certain roads.

Launched in 2016, the odd-even traffic rule only decreased the congestion by 30 percent, Liputo remarked.

"As you understand, the odd-even traffic rule is part of a transition before we introduce the electronic road pricing scheme," Liputo remarked at the Jakarta City Hall.

Therefore, he asked car owners to reconsider their plans on purchasing more cars with odd and even-numbered license plates.

The road pricing scheme was first introduced for 20 days in 2018. During the trial, the road pricing tool was installed at the Jalan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta.

On a separate occasion, the Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that he preferred to call the road pricing scheme a congestion tax. In the governor's decree No. 66, Year 2019, Baswedan stated that the tax aimed to reduce air pollution in Jakarta.  

 

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