Jakarta’s traffic cameras get new update, can now catch drivers who don’t wear seatbelt or use phone while driving

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Jakarta’s ETLE (Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement) traffic cameras are now equipped to catch more road violations with a new software update taking effect today.

The ETLE system, which initially saw cameras utilized at four locations in downtown Central Jakarta upon its launch in November 2018, now covers more locations and is able to catch more types of violations. 

“The new features are [catching] drivers who don’t wear their seatbelt, drivers who use their phone, violations of the odd-even rule, and speed violations,” Jakarta Metro Police Traffic Department Law Enforcement Sub-division Head Muhammad Nasir told Kompas yesterday.

Nasir said that the new features add to the ETLE cameras’ previous capabilities to capture vehicles that disobey traffic signs or those that jump the red light.

Along with the software update, ETLE cameras have now been placed in the following 10 locations:

  • MRT Bundaran Senayan pedestrian overpass
  • MRT Polda Semanggi pedestrian overpass
  • Pedestrian overpass in front of the Ministry of Tourism
  • MRT pedestrian overpass near the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform
  • Sudirman-Thamrin flyover
  • Thamrin-Sudirman flyover
  • Patung Kuda intersection
  • Sarinah intersection on the Bawaslu office side
  • Sarinah intersection on the Starbucks side
  • Plaza Gajah Mada pedestrian overpass

A relatively new technology for Jakarta, ETLE allows police to utilize the 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 couldn’t pay their annual vehicle tax until they paid their fine.

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), but ETLE is so far only enforced along one stretch of Jakarta road — not enough to make any meaningful difference.

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