Now Jakarta Plans Color-Coding for Cars to Beat Jams

Three-in-one. Truck bans. Electronic road pricing. With the capital’s traffic woes continuing unabated, the police are now considering a radical new scheme to restrict car use: color.

Sr. Comr. Royke Lumowa, the Jakarta Police’s traffic chief, said they were studying a plan to only allow cars of particular colors on the streets each day.

“If the study is completed this month, then in August it might be publicized and hopefully by the end of August it can be implemented,” he said, adding a trial period would last until October.

The scheme has gained favor with the police after they dropped an earlier plan to restrict cars based on whether their license plates ended in odd or even numbers.

“For the odd and even numbered plates, it would have been difficult to implement because not only are they small, they can also be faked,” Royke said.

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