JAKARTA: Governor Joko Widodo's rejection of the low-cost green cars (LCGCs) has received wide support as analysts unanimously agreed that such cars are not the solution for better transportation in the capital, and would only worsen the city's clogged streets.
Experts said last Thursday that the solution for Jakarta's transportation problems was better public transport and changes in transportation regulations.
"I don't think Jakarta needs LCGCs. The city needs low-cost green buses," Jakarta Transportation Council (DTKJ) chairman Azas Tigor Nainggolan said with regard to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's plan to offer tax breaks to buyers of low-emission vehicles.
Several analysts maintain that the government's plan is unsuitable for Jakarta, suggesting the lower cost green cars would neither be environmentally friendly under the current circumstances, nor convenient.
"The transportation ministry expects people to shift from cars with higher engine capacity to cars with lower engine capacity," Indonesia Transport Society (MTI) chairman Danang Parikesit said.
More cars, due to the reduced cost, will not only increase traffic in Jakarta but also cause further pollution and environmental damage, in contrast to the actual "green car" concept.
According to Adrinof Chaniago, a public policy expert at the University of Indonesia, the term "green car" would mean nothing if the number of cars in Jakarta increased, because the cumulative pollution would be higher than it is now.
Azas added that in terms of implementation of the policy, the claimed eco-friendly cars would not contribute as much to environmental issues in Jakarta as it may seem in the policy-making process.
The promotion of the tax breaks has already prompted the launch of two eco-friendly models from Toyota and Daihatsu, joining Honda in the market.
The vehicles retail between76 million rupiah and 120 million rupiah (RM21,082 and RM33,237).
Joko has expressed opposition to the plan, saying the production of such cars would only add to the congestion in the city, adding the capital needs a comprehensive mass transit system, not cheaper cars.