TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Metro Jaya Police traffic department on Monday is reportedly studying the possibility of imposing stricter punishments on road hogging cyclists who cycle outside of their designated bike lanes.
As bicycles are permitted to operate on public roads without any official registrations, the police are implying that they could cite a cyclist or confiscate either the cyclist’s ID card or the bicycle itself.
“What will be confiscated in an enforcement? The cyclist’s ID card would suffice or the bicycle itself? About its registration and other aspects, that must be discussed even further,” said Metro Jaya Police Traffic Director Sr. Comr. Sambodo Purnomo Yogo on May 31.
He explained that Article 299 of Law No.22/2009 overseeing traffic and road transport already mentioned the basic "ticketing" for cyclists.
Sambodo insisted this issue must be discussed thoroughly with stakeholders in the crime justice system—considering if a special rule for cyclists indeed got enacted, the Metro Jaya Police will be the first police department to impose a ticketing system on cyclists who violate traffic rules.
Sambodo believed that enforcing the law was the last resort for the police in response to the recent incident involving a group of cyclists riding on "road bikes" lane hogging a major city street and impeding traffic.