Earlier this year, the government made a public push to battle the widespread perception of corruption within the bureaucracy and law enforcement agencies. One of those ways was to introduce measures to prevent bribery, which is a particularly prevalent problem when it comes to traffic fines in Indonesia.
Tomorrow, the National Police’s Traffic Corps is launching the e-Tilang app in 17 provinces, including Jakarta, before gradually introducing it to the rest of the nation over the next couple of months. The smartphone app, which was first announced in October, enables traffic violators to pay their fines through electronic means without having to appear in court.
“It is hoped that [e-Tilang] will cut down on bureaucracy and minimize manual processes in traffic ticketing,” said Grand Commissioner Chrysnanda Dwi Laksana, head of the Law Enforcement Department at the National Police Traffic Corps, as quoted by Kompas Otomotif on Tuesday.
As the infographic above shows, the way e-Tilang works is that, when the user commits a traffic violation, the police officer gives them a unique code through the app that contains the violation and the corresponding maximum fine. The user can then use the code to pay their fine to a Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) account through an ATM or via online banking facilities. The user then has to show the payment receipt to the officer in order to retrieve their confiscated driver’s license and/or vehicle registration documents.
Later on, should the court decide that the amount of the fine is less than the maximum fine paid for the offence, then the difference would be wired back to the user’s bank account.
The app will reportedly be available for download on Android smartphones first before being made available on other operating systems.