Cars are seen parked in Jakarta, Monday (11/9). (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The government's plan to reduce the number of cars by requiring car owners to own a garage has spurred criticism from some people.
House of Representatives Commission V member Rendy Lamadjido reminds the government to respect human rights. He says not all Indonesians have a garage as they live in alleys.
"The government must not act arrogantly in reducing the number of car owners. The government has not developed sufficient public transportation facilities," Rendy said, Jakarta Wednesday (13/9).
The government’s argument is that many Indonesian car owners do not have a garage and thus they park their car on the street and this worsens traffic jams. "The government must not limit car owners to just the rick. They must not impede middle-income people from owning a car just because they don’t have a garage," he said.
Rendy suggests the government to provide parking areas first to accommodate carowners who do not have a garage. "The government can generate income by collecting fees," Rendy said, quoted by dpr.go.id.
Rendy concluded that the severe traffic jams are not happening because there are numerous cars and are instead caused by poor traffic management. (rm)