Police turn back 32,815 vehicles on homecoming ban's second day

Police turn back 32,815 vehicles on homecoming ban's second day

Chief of Traffic Corps of the National Police Inspector General Istiono during a press briefing at the Cikupa toll gate in Tangerang, west of Jakarta, on Friday night. ANTARA/HO-The Indonesian Police' Traffic Corps

By this night, we have turned back a total of 32,815 vehicles because they did not meet administrative requirements for the non-homecoming trip
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian police turned back 32,815 vehicles from 381 checkpoints across the country on the second day of the Eid al-Fitr homecoming travel ban on Friday.

"By this night, we have turned back a total of 32,815 vehicles since they did not meet administrative requirements for non-homecoming trip," Chief of Traffic Corps of the National Police Inspector General Istiono stated at the Cikupa toll gate in Tangerang, West of Jakarta, on Friday night.

Istiono remarked that the number of vehicles departing from Jakarta to other cities in Java had dropped by 70 percent by Friday night.

"By this night, the number of vehicles carrying (Eid al-Fitr) homecoming travelers to (other cities in) Java fell by 70 percent, while vehicles allowed to travel were mostly cargo vehicles," he remarked.

The homecoming travel ban, which will remain in force until May 17, 2021, has been imposed at 381 checkpoints spanning from Lampung Province to Bali Province.

The ban applies to not just private cars and buses but also other types of passenger cars.

The COVID-19 Handling Task Force has issued Circular Number 13 of 2021 on the homecoming travel ban to stem virus transmission during Eid al-Fitr celebrations.

The ban excludes logistics distribution service vehicles and travelers looking to travel urgently for non-homecoming purposes, specifically for work or business, to visit sick family members, or to attend funerals of family members. Pregnant women are allowed to be accompanied by one family member and for childbirth purposes, accompanied by a maximum of two people, as per the circular.

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