Jakarta’s electronic traffic law enforcement system expanded to include toll roads, busway lanes

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Delinquent drivers of Jakarta may soon run out of roads to drive dickishly as the Jakarta traffic police are expanding its Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (ETLE) system, meaning that there will be more cameras able to catch traffic violations in more areas of the city.

As reported by Beritagar, ETLE will be enforced on several toll roads and busway lanes — which are reserved exclusively for TransJakarta buses and emergency vehicles — starting tomorrow.

Toll roads that will be under ETLE surveillance are Jagorawi-Cibubur, Jakarta-Cikampek, Jakarta-Tangerang, Tomang-Prof. Sedyatmo, Inner City Toll Road (Cawang-Tomang), Outer City Toll Road (Rorotan Cikunir), as well as on toll gates Semanggi 1 and Kuningan 1.

As for busway lanes, CCTV cameras have been installed on 12 of TransJakarta’s 13 corridors, with corridor 13 (CBD Ciledug-Tendean) not requiring added surveillance measures as it runs along an exclusive elevated road.

A relatively new technology for Jakarta, ETLE allows police to utilize CCTV cameras to catch and review traffic violations. If the police decide there has been a violation, they will send a traffic ticket to the motorist’s address by mail and/or email. The motorist will then have one week to pay their fine via a partner bank. Failure to do so would result in their vehicle registration being frozen, meaning the motorist wouldn’t be able to pay their annual vehicle tax until their fines are paid.

Specific fines that come under the latest ETLE expansion include IDR250K (US$17.62) for illegally driving on the busway lane and IDR500K for driving on the emergency lane on toll roads.

Prior to the expansion, ETLE was first implemented on several major intersections in Central Jakarta and were able to capture a wide variety of traffic violations. This includes drivers not wearing their seatbelts and using their phones while driving, among others.

The system is seen as one of the solutions for the widespread problem of traffic police asking for bribes from offending motorists in lieu of tickets (bribes can even come in the form of durian).

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