Jakarta: Indonesian Consumer Protection Foundation (YLKI) chairman Tulus Abadi said that the odd-even license plate traffic policy expansion is not enough to improve air quality in Jakarta.
“If its implementation is not done whole-heartedly, the expansion will not be effective in reducing traffic congestion and air pollution in Jakarta,” Abadi said here on Thursday, August 15, 2019.
Abadi argued that the exclusion of motorcycles from the expansion will encourage more car drivers to switch to using motorcycles. He revealed that as many as 1,800 new motorcycles ply Jakarta's roads per day.
The figure does not include online ojek transportation users. The exclusion itself will even
worsen the air quality.
Based on data collected from the Leaded Gasoline Eradication Committee (KPBB), motorcycles contribute more significantly to air pollution. 44,53 % of the total
amount of air pollution comes from motorcycle class; 16,11% from cars; 21,43% from
buses; 17,7% from trucks; and 0,23% from auto rickshaws.
“The possibilty of excluding online taxis from the policy is also not effective. It is inconsistent. Also, this exclusion will encorage more people to use online transportation
services. It will also hinder the government's campaign to promote public transportation such as Transjakarta, MRT and KRL,” he said. (Translator: Muhammad Gestinev)