Gov’t to Ban ‘Over Dimension and Overload’ Vehicle in 2023
The Government will fully ban Over Dimension and Overload (ODOL) Vehicle in early 2023, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi has said.
“This meeting aims to find a solution. On the one hand we want to enforce the regulation on ODOL vehicle, but on the other hand we are facing economic problems due to coronavirus outbreak, and other issues that affect the Indonesian economy. Therefore, we provide grace period until the end of 2022, and on 1 January 2023 the regulation will came into force,” Budi said after a coordination meeting on Over Dimension and Overload vehicles attended by the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, the Traffic Management Division of the Indonesian National Police (Korlantas Polri), the Ministry of Industry, and other relevant stakeholders in Jakarta, Monday (24/2).
The Minister added that the postponement of the rules enforcement is made due to requests from business sectors that need adjustment before the regulation comes into force. In addition, the Government also seeks to increase productivity of Tanjung Priok as a national logistics center that serves 60% of Indonesia’s logistics.
The Minister of Transportation also explained that for several toll road sections, including Tanjung Priok-Jakarta-Cikampek-Bandung toll road, the regulation on the prohibition of ODOL vehicle will come into force today or next week. The regulation also prohibits ODOL vehicle to enter the crossing port.
Budi asked business players to prepare for the full ban of ODOL vehicles in in early 2023, including by not buying new cars with ODOL qualifications.
The Minister also said that the Ministry of Transportation would make necessary measures, including providing vehicle roadworthiness tests (Uji KIR) and providing alternative transportation of goods other than trucks such as roll-on/roll-off ships or trains.
In the meantime, Minister of Industry Agus Gumiwang said that business sector was ready to support the implementation of full restriction on ODOL vehicle in January 2023.
For the record, as of November 2019, the 73 Offices for Vehicle Weighing (UPPKB) or weighbridges managed by the Directorate General of Land Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation have examined 2,073,698 vehicles of which 39% or 809,496 vehicles were violate the regulation. The most common violations (84.43%) are overcapacity.
The Ministry of Transportation is very concerned with ODOL vehicle issues, especially those related to safety aspects. There are several negative impacts and losses caused by ODOL vehicle, including road traffic accidents, high air pollution, as well as damages to roads, bridges and ports infrastructure (Ministry of Transportation/ EN)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Reviewed by: Yuyu Mulyani