Solo, Central Java. Jakarta’s governor-elect, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, has promised to re-evaluate the higher parking fees imposed in the capital earlier this month, amid general criticism of the surprise hike.
“I don’t know why the parking rates have been raised so high, but I’ll look into it,” Joko said on Friday, adding that he would only be able to study the matter after his inauguration on Monday in order to see whether there was a chance of rescinding or revising it.
“But I’ll have to see what form the regulation is in, whether a gubernatorial decree or a bylaw,” he said.
The rate increase came into effect last Monday, with the cost of parking a car in off-street facilities, integrated with shopping centers, office buildings, hotels and apartment blocks, increasing from Rp 2,000 ($0.21) to between Rp 3,000 and Rp 5,000 for the first hour and Rp 2,000 to Rp 4,000 for each subsequent hour.
Parking in off-street facilities at public places, including hospitals and recreation centers, will now cost Rp 2,000 to Rp 3,000 for the first hour and Rp 2,000 for each subsequent hour. Motorcyclists have also been affected by the new rule, with the hourly rate doubling to Rp 1,000.
Joko said that if the regulation was based on a gubernatorial decree issued by the former governor, Fauzi Bowo, there was a possibility that he could rescind it.
Udar Pristono, head of the Jakarta Transportation Office, said earlier this week that the rate hike was an effort to control vehicle numbers on the city’s congested streets.