Jakartans can breathe a sigh of relief now that the city is set to return to the original odd-even traffic rule starting on Monday, which means we'll soon be back to the traffic policy being enforced only on weekday mornings and evenings.
The rule, which only allows cars with license plates ending with an even number to be used on affected major roads on even calendar dates and vice-versa for odd dates, returned to Jakarta in late August with some adjustments after it was suspended throughout most of the pandemic, amid enforcement of mobility curbs that ostensibly shut most offices in the commercial heart of the city.
Up until now, the rule was enforced on three major commercial roads, namely Sudirman, Thamrin, and Rasuna Said from the Mampang-Gatot Subroto intersection to the Imam Bonjol intersection from 6am to 8pm daily, including weekends.
"Regarding the operational hour [of the rule], we have returned it to the [old rules as listed in the] Governor Regulations. The first session of the odd-even rule applies from 6am-10am, and then from 4pm to 8pm," Jakarta Metro Police's traffic director Sambodo Purnomo Yogo said today.
"The odd-even rule does not apply on Saturday, Sunday, and national holidays."
Starting today, traffic police officers will no longer be on standby at entry points of odd-even zones, but they will still be patrolling in the areas.
Sambodo added that the odd-even rule around tourist attractions – namely Taman Impian Jaya Ancol in North Jakarta, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in East Jakarta, and the Setu Babakan Betawi Cultural Village in South Jakarta – will still be in force until further notice.