The condition of traffic in the city of Jakarta and vicinity is getting worse every day.
To solve this problem, the city government have limited the numbers of cars allowed to enter certain roads during rush hours, built Toll-roads circling the city's inner and outer parts, built the Busway system, and asked schools to start half an hour earlier (from 7 am to 6.30 am). Unfortunately, those efforts failed, and the city's traffic condition is getting worse.
Due to this fact, the city government plan to impose additional Tax to citizens who have more than one vehicle Please find below an article that I have quoted from AFP.
In this connection, I felt that the best solution would be to build a mass rapid transportation system i.e. by resuming the construction of the Mono-Rail system that was stopped many years ago start building subway system, and build many more roads.
"The Jakarta city administration will impose higher tax for owners of multiple motorised vehicles starting from January 3, 2011," Jakarta administration spokesman Cucu Ahmad Kurnia said.
"We hope the higher taxes will reduce traffic congestion as the number of vehicle users in Jakarta is already high. Hopefully, more people will use public transportation," he said.
The number of vehicles in Jakarta and its environs has almost tripled in the last decade to more than 9.5 million according to the Indonesian Transport Society.
Under the new rules, the present 1.5 percent tax level remains for the first car and motorcycle a person owns. This rises to 2.0 percent for their second, 2.5 percent for their third and 4.0 percent for every subsequent vehicle.
Authorities have been looking for ways to address problems in greater Jakarta, which has around 20 million inhabitants, including shifting the capital to a less populated area in the archipelago.
Experts predict the city, which has an ageing bus network and no underground train system, will reach total gridlock by 2014, with every main road and backstreet clogged with barely moving cars.
Drivers will see their costs rise further in March when the subsidy for petrol is cut, leaving a litre (a quarter of a gallon) of higher grade fuel costing around 9,000 rupiah (one dollar), up from the current price of 4,500 rupiah.