Authorities mull expanding odd-even traffic policy to 25 roads

File photo of Jalan M.H. Thamrin in Central Jakarta. Photo: Coconuts Media
File photo of Jalan M.H. Thamrin in Central Jakarta. Photo: Coconuts Media

Update May 30: The expanded odd-even traffic policy will be fully enforced starting June 13. This will be preceded by a trial period from June 6 to 12, during which violators would be issued warnings but not fined.

The pandemic may not be officially over, yet pre-COVID-esque maddening macet (traffic jams) have more or less returned in Jakarta, prompting officials to consider expanding the odd-even rule.

The Jakarta Metro Police and the Jakarta Transportation Agency are meeting today to discuss the possibility of enforcing the rule — which only allows cars with license plates ending with an even number to be used on affected major roads on even calendar dates and vice-versa for odd dates — on 25 roads, up from 13 currently.

Jakarta Transportation Agency Syafrin Liputo yesterday cited the capital’s 6.25 percent recent traffic volume increase as the main justification for the possible expansion.

The 25 roads are as follows:

1. Jalan Pintu Besar Selatan

2. Jalan Gajah Mada

3. Jalan Hayam Wuruk

4. Jalan Majapahit

5. Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat

6. Jalan MH Thamrin

7. Jalan Jenderal Sudirman

8. Jalan Sisingamangaraja

9. Jalan Panglima Polim

10. Jalan Fatmawati

11. Jalan Suryopranoto

12. Jalan Balikpapan

13. Jalan Kyai Caringin

14. Jaan Tomang Raya

15. Jalan Jenderal S Parman

16. Jalan Gatot Subroto

17. Jalan MT Haryono

18. Jalan HR Rasuna Said

19. Jalan D.I. Pandjaitan

20. Jalan Jenderal A. Yani

21. Jalan Pramuka

22. The west side of Jalan Salemba Raya, and Jalan Paseban Raya to Diponegoro to the east

23. Jalan Kramat Raya

24. Jalan Stasiun Senen

25. Jalan Gunung Sahari.

The odd-even rule was suspended for much of the pandemic as most people stayed at home. The traffic policy gradually returned as COVID-19 infections in the capital decreased.

Under current rules, the policy is in effect every Monday to Friday from 6am to 10am and again from 4pm to 9pm. The rule is not enforced on government-mandated public holidays.

Violators of the rule may be subject to a IDR500K (US$34.19) fine.

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