News 13 march — 12:47

Jakarta enforces odd-even traffic policy to counter jams


- Jakarta officials have introduced a rush-hour odd-even traffic control system on Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road, the main toll road leading into the city, in order to cut traffic by 25 percent, AL Jazeera reports.

The policy was implemented on Monday and the first morning saw traffic moving at 60kmph and not the snail's pace that motorists are used to.

More than 1.3 million people commute into Indonesia's capital every day. In addition to cutting down the number of cars, officials aim to force commuters to use public transport by this move.

Only an estimated 20 percent of people in Jakarta use buses or trains.

A recent study done by Uber showed that Jakartans spend an average of 22 days a year stuck in traffic jams, more than any other city in Asia. 

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