Motorcyclists subject to electronic traffic law enforcement on Sudirman-Thamrin starting February

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

Jakarta’s Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (ETLE) system is set to dish out fines to motorcyclists on the capital’s busiest commercial thoroughfare starting next month.

The Jakarta Metro Police Traffic Directorate today announced that a trial period of the updated ETLE policy will run for a week starting on Feb. 1, after which it will be fully enforced on Jalan Sudirman and Jalan M.H. Thamrin with the applicable fines for various traffic violations.

“No changes [to ETLE], we’re just updating it to include motorcycles,” Traffic Directorate Law Enforcement Sub-division Head Fahri Siregar told Detik this morning.

To begin with, the ETLE system is only going to be used to impose fines on motorcyclists who have Jakarta license plates due to database limitations. The police aim to be able to fine all violators as the system subsequently gets updated in the future.

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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.

According to Fahri, there are currently 45 CCTV cameras utilized for ETLE on Sudirman and Thamrin, and that 12 more will be added in the near future.

Among the more common traffic violations committed by motorcyclists is driving without a helmet, which is punishable by a IDR250K (US$18.30) fine.

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