Karawang, West Java (ANTARA) - Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi on Monday urged Eid travelers to make comprehensive preparations before joining the return flow to travel back to their residences.

"We saw vehicles running out of gas on toll roads," he said in Karawang, West Java.

He emphasized that comprehensive preparations are vital to avoid unwanted events during a trip.

"Make sure that the gas tanks are full, and take a rest at dedicated locations if you feel exhausted," he said.

Sumadi encouraged travelers not to hesitate to exit toll roads to seek a resting place.

"Do not instead stop on toll breakdown lanes, as it might cause long queues of vehicles," he said.

If rest areas along the toll roads are full, travelers can exit and find a place to rest in nearby cities, he added.

"You can rest there and make proper preparations to prevent issues once you get back to the toll roads," he told travelers.

This year, Sumadi visited several provinces to directly monitor the management of the Eid return flow.

"We would like to thank all officers for their hard work to make the flow run smoothly," he said.

He also suggested that people postpone their return trip while pointing to the relatively high V/C ratio on Sunday (April 14, 2024) evening.

The ratio compares the number of vehicles on a road segment with the capacity of the road.

"The V/C ratio last night stood at 0.8, crossing the normal level," he highlighted.

Sumadi stressed the need for travelers to consider the V/C ratio before deciding to join the return flow.

"If you wish to avoid long queues on the road, you should consider postponing your return trips," he advised travelers.

State-owned toll road operator Jasa Marga earlier reported that 961,852 vehicles returned to Jakarta and its surrounding areas from April 10 to 14. The figure was 41 percent higher than 681,996 vehicles on normal days.

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Translator: Mario S, Tegar Nurfitra
Editor: Anton Santoso
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