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The Coming Traffic Jam in Bali

Lack of Public Transport in Bali Results in High Level of Private Vehicle Operations.

(7/8/2006) Speaking at a seminar on land transportation held in Sanur on Wednesday, June 28, 2006, the Director General of Land Transportation, Iskandar Abubakar warned that Bali's higher than average level of private vehicle ownership portends for traffic jams and added air pollution in the near future.

Citing the rapid increase in private vehicle ownership in Bali, the transportation expert said that there are presently 4 vehicles for every 5 people living Bali, a ratio far above the average in the Nation's capital of Jakarta where there is only one vehicle for every 5 residents.

Not only does Bali have a higher average ratio of vehicles in operation as compared to total residents, but significantly 80% of the vehicles in operation in Bali are registered to private owners. By comparison, private ownership in Jakarta constitutes only 40% of all vehicles on the road. According to Abubakar, the variation in private ownership of vehicles in Bali is due to the very low use of public transport in Bali where only 5% of the population is estimated to travel on public transport.

Emission Testing of Vehicles to be Widened

Abubakar predicted that the recently introduced program of emission testing on public transport will be widened by 2007 to also include mandatory emission testing on all vehicles.