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[Ambassador report] Odd and Even Car's Number Policy

by Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas | 05-09-2019 23:56 Comments 8 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

Odd and Even Number Policy


Jakarta has an odd and even number policy that is applied to car plates. This policy was applied to replace the three people in one car policy. It is hoped and has proven to reduce air pollution in Jakarta.


In Indonesia, numbers are used for vehicle plates. The end of a vehicle plate number will indicate whether the plate is an even or odd number, such as B XX74 SFH is an even number and B XX79 JUG is an odd number.


The odd and even number policy is only applied to private owned car, so taxi or government owned and other vehicles are not included. This policy is applied to certain area, where this policy is intended to also reduce traffic jams. The odd and even number policy is applied from 06.30 – 10.00 and 15.30 – 20.00.


Recently the odd and even number policy area of effectiveness has been expanded, whereas the hours are added as well. The hours are now 06.00 – 10.00 and 15.00 – 21.00.


Due to this odd and even number policy, there are some concerns that the people of Jakarta will buy more cars just to be able to use private transportation freely. I actually do not blame them.


The problem of this policy is that the times are too long. It is encouraged that people use public transportation, but Jakarta’s public transportation itself is not comfortable enough. There is the problem of the transportation Jakartans take being crowded. Then there is traffic jam, a roundabout route, and pedestrian walk not available and so on. Making the people who are already tired from their daily activity even more tired. The government is still improving itself, but without it being a perfectly comfortable option, it is just hard.


What I believe is not fair about this policy, is that it is only applied to cars. In my opinion, this policy should also be applied to motorcycles. There are so many motorcycles, where these riders would often drive carelessly thus sometimes the reason for traffic jams.


Nothing much can be done about this policy, except to follow it. But hopefully in the near future, Jakarta’s public transportation and pedestrian walk option would be better and greater. So that people would have no reason not to take public transportation and go green.


Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Ida

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Odd and Even Car's Number Policy

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 04-10-2019 21:56

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hi Ida!
    Intention of the policy is great but there are certainly some limitations to it.
    I've been to Jakarta last year and surprised by so many motorcycles.
    Hopefully the policy improves to truly save the planet.
    Posted 17-09-2019 18:24

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Dear Ida Ayu Mas Amelia,
    Hi this is Lisa again:)

    It seems that your country and mine share similar policy!
    I think it's great that the countries are actually doing something to reduce the greenhouse gases!
    Yet as you have mentioned, I think that these kinds of policies have its limits. It would be great if these holes are filled and more greenhouse gases are reduced.
    Also, public transportation and riding a bike are always two good alternatives we have! I hope that more policies are implemented that encourage the usage of these transportations rather than driving a private vehicle.

    Enjoyed reading your article!
    keep up the good work:)

    Your Lisa
    Posted 09-09-2019 14:26

Sandhya Adhikari

  • Sandhya Adhikari says :
    Hello Ida,
    i do hope you are fine there and doing great with your work.
    This odd and even vehicle policy has also came into in my country Nepal, to some extent and for some days this policy remained in existence .
    It made me so pleased that still there is the continuation of this policy at Jakarta.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.
    keep writing such a beautiful report,

    Posted 09-09-2019 01:10

Prakriti  Ghimire

  • Prakriti Ghimire says :
    Hello Ida
    Hope you are well there
    Keep writing and sharing such wonderful report
    Green cheers from Nepal
    Posted 08-09-2019 18:20

Nishan kc

  • Nishan kc says :
    Hello Ida,

    How are you?
    Wow, such a nice report! Happy to listen that this policy is good for environment in Jakarta.

    Keep on writing.


    Nishan KC
    Posted 08-09-2019 01:30


  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Thank your for your report, keep writing
    Warm Regards,
    Alok Dhakal, Nepal

    Posted 07-09-2019 13:44

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Thank you yours report.
    Go green.
    Posted 06-09-2019 13:34

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