Carmakers: Country needs better traffic management
JAKARTA: Indonesia's automotive industry players have their own take on the tug-of-war between the central government and regional government on the introduction of the low-cost green cars (LCGCs ) in the country.
Johnny Darmawan, president director of Toyota Astra Motor, the sole distributor of Toyota cars in Indonesia, said the country needed better traffic management.
"Let's not try to find a scapegoat in this matter," said Johnny, who is the organising committee's chairman for this year's Indonesia International Motor Show.
"People stop and park wherever they like. But I salute Jokowi and Ahok's efforts to clean up some of the roads in Jakarta." he said.
Johnny said law enforcement should be improved.
"I can guarantee, if all of us were to take a driving test, we would fail to get a license. People forget to put on their safety belts, or they drive with only one hand, none of which are in accordance with safety standards".
Johnny, who is also deputy chairman of the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association , suggested that the central government implements limits on the age of cars on the roads. In Japan, for example, cars older than 10 years are prohibited.
He denied that the low-cost green cars did not support the government's policy to reduce the use of low-octane gasoline, which is heavily subsidised by the government.
"In the manual, it is specifically written not to use Premium petrol. Of course we cannot penalise buyers who use Premium," he said.