JAKARTA, PINUSPRESS – The Chairman of the DPR Republik Indonesia (House of Representative of the Republic of Indonesia), Bambang Soesatyo, proposed to allow motorcycles to enter tollways in Indonesia. The proposition, he said, was based on Government Regulation Number 44 of 2009, which revises Article 38 of Government Regulation Number 15 of 2005 concerning Toll Roads, stating that tollways can be complemented with designated lane for motorbikes, with remarks that the designated lane must be separated from those of for cars.
Though predominantly prohibited, some tollways allow entry for motorcycles. They are the Suramadu bridge and Bali Mandara Toll Road, in which the procurement of the designated lane for motorcycles has been implemented.
“Motorcyclists also have the right to commute through tollways, as they also have paid taxes as the rest of the citizens of Indonesia,” said Bambang Soesatyo. “It would be ironic if the majority of the Indonesian citizens who are only able to buy motorcycles cannot benefit from the facilities,” he added.
The Minister of Public Works and Human Settlements, Basuki Hadimuljono, said that allowing motorcycles to enter tollways would require investments and the addition of the existing facilities, such as rest areas, considering the addition of the designated lane for motorbikes.
As a response to the proposal, according to the Director General of Land Transportation Division, Budi Setyadi, the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia will conduct a review on this construct, as the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, has assigned him to do the appropriate analysis of this issue covering the legal, safety, efficiency, social and economic aspects. Considering the current situation, not all tollways in Indonesia are suitable for motorcycles to enter since some certain specifications for the construction of the additional lane are to be fulfilled.
Writer: Nathanael Septianto