Eid al-Fitr homecoming travel ban: Indonesian police turn back 70,000 vehicles
Published on: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
By: Antara News
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Police officers monitor vehicles at a checkpoint at kilometre 31 of the Jakarta-Cikampek toll road in Bekasi regency, West Java. (Kompas)
JAKARTA: The Indonesian Police turned back some 70 thousand vehicles from 381 check points across the country, including Sumatra and Bali, on the third day of the Eid al-Fitr homecoming travel ban under the Operation Ketupat 2021, to stem the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic,  Head of the Indonesian Police’s Traffic Corps Inspector General Istiono said.

“Nationally, the security and traffic situation is running safely and smoothly,” he said .

He was accompanied by the Head of Metro Jaya Regional Police Inspector General of Police Fadil Imran, the Head of Traffic Corps’ Operation Division Senior Commissioner Rudy Antariksawan, Traffic Director of Metro Jaya Regional Police Senior Commissioner Sambodo Purnomo as well as the Head of Public Relations for Metro Jaya Regional Police Senior Commissioner Yusri Yunus when monitoring the Blockage Point at kilometre 31 of the West Cikarang Toll Gate, in Bekasi.

Istiono explained that during the three days of the operation, the police had asked about 70 thousand more vehicles that didn’t meet the travel requirements or indicated to be carrying out homecoming activities to return to their initial departure points.

“During the past three days there have been about 70 thousand vehicles that we have asked to turn back.  In general, everything is running safely and smoothly,” he said.

He also stated that the volume of the vehicles leaving Jakarta continued to decline, both for vehicles bound for Java and those bound for Sumatra. Vehicles leaving Jakarta are dominated by those transporting logistics and goods.

“Currently, the volume of the vehicles going to Java has decreased by 73 percent. Then, the vehicles bound for Bandung, West Java, have dropped 78.3 percent,” he said.

The vehicles bound for Sumatra have decreased by 43.3 percent and they were dominated by logistics or goods vehicles. The number of vehicles turned back was 10,869. 


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