Kembali Ke Laptop: The Odd-Even Traffic Scheme of Jakarta

By N Mark Castro

If one is a psychic, then the proposed odd-even scheme by the Jakarta Administration is already dead before it could even be implemented on March 2013.

According to the City Transportation Agency chief, Udar Pristono, told The Jakarta Postthat the administration would coordinate with the police to enforce the policy.

He said the restriction would increase the average speed on Jakarta’s roads from 16.8 kilometres per hour to 47 kilometres per hour and cut down roads affected by traffic jams from 43.7 per cent to 32.7 per cent.

The restriction is also expected to save up to Rp 8.85 trillion ($870 million) in time and vehicle operational cost – as well as 345,000 litres of subsidised petrol each year, The Jakarta Post reports.

On paper, it does sound good … except …

Thiiiis iiiiiis Jakaaaaartaaaaaa!


Tukul Arwana, the country’s most popular and multi-awarded comedian/actor/TV host, is famous for his line “KEMBALI KE LAPTOP,” which could be interpreted in so many ways but basically refer to “Going Back To The Drawing Board.”

And there’s nothing wrong if the popular Governor Joko Widodo sends this plan back to the brilliant traffic management team for revisions and thorough study before submitting it to the governor for implementation.


Governor Widodo said Jakarta would provide more buses to anticipate the expected increasing demand for public transport once the regulation is in place.

“In January we will add 200 articulated TransJakarta buses, with an additional 600 buses [in the future], plus 1000 medium sized [Kopaja] buses. This means there is an effort to increase and revamp [public transportation].”

That’s the dream, however, if numbers are brought in then it would smack right into the conflict with —

The Indonesian Transportation Society chairman Danang Parikesit said that:

“Preparations are needed regarding the capacity of public transportation and whether or not it is sufficient, because there are going to be about three million passengers that need to be carried. Is [the number of public transportation vehicles] enough? It’s best to fix it and to make good preparations.”


The Jakarta Administration plans to provide:  200 articulated TransJakarta buses, with an additional 600 buses [in the future], plus 1000 medium sized [Kopaja] buses.

But three million passengers are needed to be carried, and even with the existing public transportation system, it can no longer carry the existing passengers.

Hello chaos.


The Philippines was one of the first Asian countries to implement the odd-even scheme as early as the 90s, and yet it has junked the scheme after several attempts to modify it.

Now, picture the average number of cars in the Philippines, the number of passengers, and despite its public transportation system, then multiply that by 3 on Jakarta’s number.

That’s a perfect recipe for chaos, which has been discussed at length in our previous post.

All together now: KEMBALI KE LAPTOP!


About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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