Wed, 25 Sep 2002

Private cars' voluntary emission test starts

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The city administration introduced on Thursday the voluntary emission test for private cars at 15 certified repair shops across the capital.

"For car owners who want to check the vehicular emission, please go to one of the 15 certified repair shops. If the vehicular emission is good, they will receive a sticker and certificate from the shop," says Heru Sugiarto, a Swisscontact technical consultant, who is taking part in the project.

The car owner should pay between Rp 15,000 and Rp 30,000 for the test, which takes only a few minutes, according to Heru.

The test is voluntary as the city is not ready, technically or legally, to fully check the two million cars in the city.

"We need some 200 repair shops so that they can serve two million private cars in city and we also need a bylaw to oblige all private cars to be checked," he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

He said that there was a gubernatorial decree on emissions testing, but it could not become a legal basis to oblige car owners to check the vehicular emission.

It is expected that by the end of the voluntary emission test program, which will last for one year, there should be 200 certified repair shops to perform the test.

After a year, the program will be evaluated before determining when such tests will be made mandatory.

Eight agencies in the city administration are involved in the issuance of certificates for the repair shops. The agencies include the City Environmental Management Agency (BPLHD), the City Transportation Agency, the City Revenue Agency and the City Legal Bureau.

Emissions testing for public vehicles is mandatory but the implementation is marred by corruption, leaving the Jakarta air heavily polluted by bus emissions among other things.

List of certified repair shops

East Jakarta: Ben Agung Motor, Jl. Dewi Sartika 298 A, phone 8093251; Beringin Motor Service Station, Jl. Pramuka 137, phone 8562235; Precision Tune Autocare, Jl. MT Haryono 9, phone 8009929; Buana Indomobil Trada, Jl. Raya Bekasi Km 19, Pulogadung, phone 4609308.

North Jakarta: Dwi Arga Motor, Jl. Plumpang Semper 16, phone 496441; Nellindo Surya Abadi, Jl. Danau Agung 2 No.29-30, Phone 681123; PT National Motor Co. Jl. Danau Sunter Selatan Blok 0III/Kav.55-56, phone 6510050.

Central Jakarta: Auto Service, Jl. Letjen. Suprapto Kav.17, phone 4213335; Metro Tiga Berlian Motor, Jl. A. Yani 80, phone 4243838; Auto 2000, Jl. Letjen. Suprapto 63, phone 4262000.

South Jakarta: Lestari Ban, Jl. Panglima Polim 62, phone 7247782; Hyundai Mobil Indonesia, Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda 81, phone 7293338; Buana Sakti Aneka Motor, Jl. Warung Buncit Raya 109, phone 7996171.

West Jakarta: Delta Auto, Jl. Mangga Besar 8 No. 12 AC phone 6247462; PT Aditya Srijaya Perkasa Motor, Jl.Meruya Ilir 19, phone 5846488.