Jakarta to take old cars off the road

JAKARTA: Traffic-choked Jakarta plans to take old cars and buses off the road to fight congestion and pollution, a report said yesterday.  

Bisnis Indonesia said the plan is under a draft regulation which calls for restrictions on the number of private vehicles and public transport vehicles based on age. 

Head of the Jakarta local income office, Deden Supriadi, said the city might stop issuing licence plates for cars built before 1990, the paper said. 

Elderly smoke-belching buses, with some passengers forced to hang from the doors, are one of the more unattractive features of city life.  

Unlike most other major Asian cities, Jakarta has no subway or light railway. – AFP  

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