Leave it to the cameras, as new directive bars traffic cops from issuing fines

An ETLE camera. Photo: NTMC Polri
An ETLE camera. Photo: NTMC Polri

Gone are the days when a traffic cop can issue you a ticket or a fine (or illicit ways to skirt either), as the National Police has all but gone fully digital in traffic law enforcement.

In an internal telegram issued last week, National Police Chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo outlined new rules for traffic law enforcement, chief among which is making manual ticketing and issuance of fines to drivers obsolete. To prevent bribery, all tickets and fines for traffic violations will be issued via the E-TLE (Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement) system.

“Except in cases of traffic accidents where officers have to enforce the law,” Listyo’s telegram reads.

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The police’s E-TLE system can capture violations using static cameras as well as mobile cameras, such as those attached to drones. 

Motorists who find themselves snapped by E-TLE cameras will get a digital notification for their warning or their fine. Those who fail to pay their fine after a certain period of time may have their vehicle registration suspended.

On the ground, Listyo said traffic cops are only permitted to give verbal warnings to violators. Over the next three months, during what is termed “Operation Sympathize”, traffic cops have been directed to raise awareness about the new rules in a friendly and respectful manner. 

We hope it lasts.

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