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An Island Wide Traffic Jam?

Police Introducing New License Plates and Seeking to Limit Registration of Older Vehicles to Reduce Congestion on Bali's Roads.

(1/29/2008) Bali adds 11,666 new motorized vehicles to its roads each month. And, despite regulations intended to reduce the number of cars on the Island's Roads, official efforts to reduce the deluge of cars choking local roads have been largely ineffective.

As part of efforts to more closely regulate vehicular traffic the Bali police are re-registering and re-numbering many of the cars being driven across the island.

Part of that new system will see the inclusion of the letter "S" in the license plates of rental cars to assist police in quickly identifying cars being driven by visiting third parties. Other changes in the numbering system provide a code to help police identify the originating home regency of a vehicle.

In 2006 there were 1,587,302 vehicles operating in Bali, increasing by 10% to 1,731,600 in 2007.

Traffic authorities are attempting to limit the registration of vehicles of more than 10 years of age as part of overall efforts to reduce traffic on the island's roads.