The on-again off-again attempts to reduce traffic congestion in Bali's Kuta-Legian district has entered a new phase with the introduction on September 1, 2005, of parking bans on two major thoroughfares in Legian.
Following discussions between Legian community leaders and local traffic officials, an agreement has been reached to ban parking on the entire length of Jalan Padma and Jalan Werkudara in Legian.
Jalan Padma is the north-south street that begins in the south at Jalan Yudistira, running along the side of the Bali Padma Hotel, which turns into Jalan Werkudara until it terminates at Jalan Double Six.
Prior to the introduction of the new "no parking" regulations, circulars were sent to businesses located along the two streets reminding them of their responsibility to provide adequate parking for their guests and employees.
Traffic authorities are threatening to tow any vehicles parked on the subject streets in violation of the new parking ban.
Following the successful introduction of parking prohibitions on the two "test streets," plans are to add additional streets to the "no parking" list, thereby relieving much of the traffic congestion in that area.
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