Jakarta city urged to create disabled parking spots as part of bylaw

Asia-Pacific, April 26 2011

Jakarta, Indonesia: Beni Kusuma continues to drive despite a stroke that paralyzed him 20 years ago. He says that Jakarta discriminates against disabled people behind the wheel.

Beni criticized top administration officials on Monday for not designating parking spots for disabled people.

“Many public buildings have no special parking areas for disabled people. Whereas those that do, such as hospitals, place them far away from building entrances, making it difficult for me to access buildings,” Beni told Transportation Agency chief Udar Pristono and City Traffic Police chief Sr. Comr. Royke Lumowa during a discussion on parking issues with stakeholders in Central Jakarta.

The Jakarta administration was planning to require all public buildings to designate special parking spots for disabled people under a new bylaw governing parking to be enacted later this year, Royke said.

“We realize that the city hasn’t given priority to disabled people in many public facilities. We have special ladies’ parking areas in malls. So we should also have special areas for disabled people,” Royke said during the discussion.

There has been little accommodation for disabled people in public places in Jakarta, despite a decree made by then president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid 11 years ago that officially established the National Public Accessibility Movement — intended to increase the access of the disabled to public facilities and transportation.

“The police will definitely consider the demand from the disabled community for improved access,” Royke said.

The administration is still drafting a new parking bylaw to replace the existing Bylaw No. 5/1999 on Parking.

Royke said that the current draft still required several revisions in addition to stipulating provisions for special services.

“The current draft by the city administration still focuses on managing parking regulations, without designating parking as an important part of traffic management,” he said.

He also said that the draft bylaw would need to regulate coordination between institutions — such as the National Police, the Indonesian Military and other related institutions — in parking management.

“The police, for example, will need help from the Public Order Agency to prevent the streets from being occupied by vendors after we ban on-street parking,” he said.

Pristono said that the city would consider demands from the public and the police when drafting the bylaw.

“I admit the bylaw draft is not perfect. We still need more input to make it better,” Udar said.

The administration delayed deliberations on the bylaw, which were expected to have been completed earlier this year.

“I don’t think we should be in rush for this. The draft still needs more time to be perfected,” he said.

One purpose of the bylaw is to provide greater protection to vehicle owners.

The current bylaw states that parking operators are not responsible for lost vehicles, which violates the 1999 Law on Consumer Protection.

The Jakarta administration is also expected to ban on-street parking on more of the city’s streets to mitigate worsening traffic congestion.

The Jakarta Transportation Council previously proposed that the city implement a zoned parking system to discourage on-street parking.

The system, which would charge higher fees to park in the Central Business District and lower fees elsewhere, was expected to dissuade people from using private vehicles in busy areas.

Governor Fauzi Bowo previously backed implementing the zoning system, a policy he proposed as part of his administration’s as yet unrealized five-year program.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com

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