Jakarta. The Jakarta administration has begun flexing its muscles in a crackdown on illegal on-street parking, issuing more than 100,000 tickets to offending motorists so far this year.
The crackdown is part of the administration’s wider campaign to ease traffic congestion across the capital. Other strategies include targeting motorists caught using the busway lanes.
On Tuesday, Jakarta Traffic Police enforcement head Adj. Sr. Comr. Yakub said a total of 100,763 tickets had been issued this year to cars parked in no-parking zones.
He added a police survey showed the number of illegally parked cars on any given day represented up to 30 percent of the approximately 1.5 million cars on the roads each day.
Yakub said this severely reduced road space and hence contributed directly to the capital’s notorious congestion.
“We’re going to come down harder on those who park in no-parking zones in the future. They won’t just have to deal with a ticket but also with the prospect of getting towed,” Yakub said.
The crackdown has been welcomed by the nongovernmental Jakarta Transportation Council, which said the flagrant flouting of no-parking rules could no longer be tolerated and warranted an urgent response from authorities.
“The number of on-street parking spots must be limited,” said council chairman Azas Tigor Nainggolan.
“Roads shouldn’t be used as parking lots. We fully support the administration’s move to phase out on-street parking in certain areas.”
Tubagus Haryo Karbyanto, a lawyer who co-authored an academic paper on parking in the capital, also welcomed the administration’s toughened stance on parking violations.
He said because of the contribution illegal parking made to worsening the city’s traffic, such violations should be considered criminal acts and dealt with accordingly.
“It’s about time the Jakarta administration showed some seriousness and resolve in cracking down on these violators,” he said.
There are only 600 officially designated on-street parking spots across the city but the sheer number of vehicles means motorists tend to park anywhere there is an empty spot.
Business owners also contribute to the problem by roping off entire sections of sidewalk to use as parking lots.