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Bali Authorities to Limit Access to Vehicles from Other Provinces.

(3/14/2011) The provincial government of Bali is trying to reduce traffic congestion in Bali by enforcing stricter controls on vehicles operating in Bali with police registration plates from locations outside the island. Stricter controls limiting the use of non-Bali registered vehicles would bring the double benefit of not only reducing the traffic on Bali's roads but increasing provincial tax revenues.

Ketut Sudira, the head of the provincial revenue office (Dispenda), said: "We have held an internal meeting. One of the main items on the agenda was the plan of the Bali provincial government to bring into line vehicles operating in Bali with non-Bali police registration plates."

Sudira said there are non-Bali vehicles who operate in Bali for months, and in some cases years, without making any contribution to Bali's road taxes. In the planned crackdown, police working with provincial authorities will target vehicles spending more than three months in Bali, demanding that vehicles staying more than 3 months on the island obtain Bali registration plates.

Efforts are now underway to calculate the number of "illegal" non-Bali vehicles more or less permanently based in Bali. Authorities also expect that the recently introduced on-line vehicle registration system will assist in identifying cars, truck and motorcycles operating in Bali while avoiding paying road taxes.

Current rules stipulate that vehicles spending more than three months in the province should be re-registered with DK plates.