Govt should minimize pandemic impact on transportation sector: MP

Govt should minimize pandemic impact on transportation sector: MP

Member of Commission V of the House of Representatives (DPR) of the Republic of Indonesia Hamid Noor Yasin. ANTARA/HO-PKS Faction Public Relations

Jakarta (ANTARA) - House of Representatives' (DPR's) Commission V member Hamid Noor Yasin urged the government to lower the impacts of COVID-19 on the transportation sector, especially after extending restrictions on community activities (PPKM) until August 9, 2021.

"(The government) can make several efforts, such as by accelerating the realization of incentives in the transportation sector that have been planned. For instance, the Buy The Service scheme for urban transportation that is planned for five pilot cities and 11 advanced cities as well as the realization of other forms of assistance in the transportation sector," Yasin noted in a release on Wednesday.

Apart from expediting the realization of incentives, the government also needs to offer additional incentives through the provision of financial relief, taxes, and other fees that are usually paid through non-tax revenues, such as vehicle eligibility test fees (KIR), route permits, or also retribution fees.

This special incentive should also be offered to transportation crew members, who earn income on a daily basis, such as drivers, driver assistants, and car washers.

Operationally, Yasin has suggested the government to provide vaccination facilities to prospective unvaccinated passengers.

"This effort is expected to be useful to help accelerate vaccination targets and also revive the transportation sector in Indonesia," he affirmed.

Earlier, the regions involved in the enforcement of PPKM Levels 3 and 4 were included in the Instruction of Home Affairs Minister Number 27 of 2021 for the Java and Bali Regions and the Instruction of Home Affairs Minister Number 28 of 2021 for the Regions of Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, and Papua.

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