Improve Jakarta’s Air Quality, Jakarta Provincial Government and Various Parties Hold Emission Testing

Environment Jakarta

JAKARTA, JAKTIMES.COM- Please commemorate World Environment Day and celebrate the 496th anniversary of Jakarta City. The Jakarta Provincial Government held a grand emission test (UEA) at the North Parking of Ragunan Wildlife Park on Monday, June 5th.

The Grand Emission Test 2023 will mark the beginning of three important policies to improve the air quality in the capital city and set a MURI record as the largest emission test in Indonesia, with the participation of 2,615 participants.

The Secretary of the Jakarta Provincial Government, Joko Agus Setiono, stated that several steps have been identified to formulate emission reduction targets as stated in the air pollution control strategy for Jakarta Province until 2030. The two strategies with the highest efficiency in air pollution control are emission testing and the transition to public transportation.

“This grand emission test is one of the concrete efforts to control air pollution in Jakarta. I invite private vehicle owners to undergo emission testing and understand the importance of maintaining their vehicles to ensure a clean and healthy air environment for Jakarta City and future generations,” said Secretary Joko during the opening of the UEA 2023 event on Monday, June 5th.

Furthermore, the Head of the Jakarta Provincial Environmental Agency, Asep Kuswanto, explained that based on studies conducted by the Environmental Agency and Vital Strategies, the transportation sector is the largest contributor to PM2.5 pollutant emissions, accounting for 67%. Therefore, there are three important policies to effectively implement the emission testing strategy in improving the air quality of Jakarta, namely the enforcement of laws with public awareness before the imposition of traffic fines by the Police, the imposition of fine coefficients for Motor Vehicle Tax (PKB), and the widespread implementation of parking disincentives at both Jakarta Provincial Government and private parking locations.

“It is hoped that this event can trigger and increase public awareness of emission testing. In addition, these three policies will encourage mass emission testing and have a positive impact on improving air quality in the capital city,” he explained.

Joint Commitment

Asep revealed that this event is a collaboration between the Jakarta Provincial Government, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia (KLHK RI), the Indonesian National Traffic Corps (Korlantas), the Directorate of Traffic (Ditlantas) of the Jakarta Metro Police, and the surrounding areas of Jakarta.

Meanwhile, Director of Security and Safety of the Indonesian National Traffic Corps (Korlantas Polri), Brigadier General Pol. Drs. Ery Nursatari, MH., added that one of the main targets in addressing air quality issues is to improve the transportation sector through emission testing. Vehicle emission testing is a form of public contribution to air pollution control in Indonesia, as passing the emission test can reduce the air pollution caused by motor vehicle exhaust emissions.

“With the large number of vehicles and population in Indonesia, synergy between agencies is essential for the implementation of emission testing. Let us promote the idea that preventing air pollution is our shared responsibility. Hopefully, this emission testing activity can be carried out continuously in the future,” he said.

In addition, Director of Air Pollution Control at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), Luckmi Purwandari, stated that the seriousness of improving air quality is also reflected in the commitment to work together to accelerate air quality improvement in the Jakarta metropolitan area (Jabodetabek). This joint commitment is made by the KLHK, Jakarta Provincial Government, Banten Provincial Government, West Java Provincial Government, and eight regencies/cities around Jakarta, namely Bogor Regency, Bogor City, Bekasi Regency, Bekasi City, Tangerang Regency, Tangerang City, South Tangerang City (Wan)

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