To Overcome Jakarta’s Severe Traffic Jam, Government Suggests Companies to Regulate Working Hours

Traffic jams seem to be synonymous with DKI Jakarta, especially during rush hours. (photo: Adam Dwi - mediaindonesia)

Traffic jam seems to be synonymous with DKI Jakarta, especially during rush hours. To unravel traffic jams in the capital city, the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government will hand over to each company the matter of setting employee working hours.

The working hours arrangement was originally proposed by Polda Metro Jaya. Polda Metro Jaya Traffic Director Kombes Latif Usman suggested that workers’ departure hours be set so that they don’t pile up at the same time.

The proposal departs from the results of his analysis regarding Jakarta’s traffic jams during the prone hours of the morning. From the results of his observations, the mobility of workers to students departed at the same time, resulting in traffic jam.

However, the Provincial Government of DKI stated that it could not make a unilateral decision. Riza Patria, who at that time served as Deputy Governor of DKI, said that arrangements for working hours had to be coordinated with many parties, including support from the Central Government.

Therefore, the Head of the DKI Jakarta Transportation Agency Syafrin Liputo hopes that the company will regulate working hours so that vehicles are not too congested during rush hour.

“We will hand it over to each entity and we urge you to arrange working hours independently,” he said, Thursday (17/2).

Syafrin admitted that he had discussed the rules for employee working hours in Jakarta. In conclusion, it was left up to each company considering that there were many employees from outside Jakarta.

“The DKI Jakarta Provincial Government cannot set working hours alone. Therefore, we leave it to each entity,” he said.

Previously, Polda Metro Jaya said that in the first quarter of 2022, the level of congestion in Jakarta would reach around 48 percent.

Meanwhile, the congestion index in Jakarta is currently estimated to have reached above 50 percent after the Covid-19 pandemic ended.

On the other hand, the Director of Transport for the Jabodetabek Transportation Management Agency (BPTJ) of the Ministry of Transportation, Tatan Rustandi, is pushing for the improvement of the overall public transportation system. If not, people will choose to travel using private vehicles.

“No matter how great the congestion in Jakarta is to create a good transportation system, without the support of a good transportation system around it, traffic jams will still occur, so people tend to use motorbikes and private vehicles,” he said in the 2023 Green Road Campaign event which was broadcast on YouTube BPTJ, Wednesday (15/2/2023).