Bali gov’t seeks to curb air pollution, plans to issue regulations for electric cars and motorcycles

Bali Governor Wayan Koster (Photo: Pemerintah Provinsi Bali / Facebook)
Bali Governor Wayan Koster (Photo: Pemerintah Provinsi Bali / Facebook)

The provincial government in Bali has been fairly progressive in its policies towards the environment recently, as illustrated by the 2018 Gubernatorial Regulation banning single-use plastics and its plans to issue a regulation on clean energy. With that in mind, perhaps electric cars and motorcycles are not that far off in Bali’s future. 

According to a statement issued by his office, Bali Governor Wayan Koster said that his administration is working on issuing another gubernatorial regulation, this one aimed at regulating electric cars and motorcycles. 

“This is part of our collective effort to ensure a clean Bali,” Koster was quoted as saying. 

The governor has yet to provide any more details regarding the matter, but the regulation would likely make it easier for consumers to buy electric vehicles as well as provide infrastructure for their recharging needs.

It could also fall in line with the national government’s push to make Indonesia a major manufacturer of electric vehicles, with discussions on establishing a legal basis for the industry’s development currently underway. In a January report, the Straits Times cited Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto as saying that two major carmakers – Hyundai and Volkswagen – have shown interest in manufacturing electric vehicles in Indonesia. 

In his statement, Koster also said that efforts were underway to reduce air pollution, including smoke emitted from cigarettes, via greater restrictions and controls on tobacco use. That seems to conform with the Bali’s government plans to prohibit the development of new coal-fired power plants, which is planned to be included in the new regulation on clean energy. 

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