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Shoot the police to avoid the ticket!

In most countries, money does not really overrule the justice. If you are breaking the street rules, you will be ticketed.

BUT if you ever get ticketed by the traffic police in Indonesia because of these reasons :

  • You are in the 3 in 1 system area in Jakarta but you don’t have 3 people in the car including you. (Check out this post for more information)
  • One of your side mirrors is gone because it is taken forcefully. (Check out this post for more information and action)
  • You have a flat tire and you can’t find the nearest tire repairman or ‘tukang tambal ban’. (Check out this post to know what I mean)
  • You are riding a motorcycle without using a helmet, or maybe you pass the red light line. (See this post for more information)
  • You use the busway lane even though you are in an emergency. (Check this one to see more information)
  • Or many other reasons because the traffic police is usually ‘hungry’

You don’t need to worry because you can avoid the ticket. You don’t do that by running from the police, of course.
This practice has always been a controversial issue in Indonesia. Some believe that it is not right to the justice, but some are happy because they can avoid the ticket just by giving a certain amount of money.
Exactly, shoot the police with money. The term ‘shoot’ or tembak is used in Indonesia to replace the word ‘bribe’.

First, they ask you to pull over your car. Then telling you the reasons of why you are pulled over, or often they will ask you first whether you know your mistake or not.
Second, they will ask for your driving license, then give you the ticket.
Third, you can now choose 1 of the 2 options. Either you go to the nearest court from where you ticketed to have a hearing and take your license back by paying up some money to the justice.

OR you can just tell the police that you want to be in good terms like “Let’s just finish this with other method, sir” or “baik-baik saja lah pak”. Then the traffic police will name the price. It varies greatly from IDR 50.000 ($ US 5) to IDR 500.000 ($ US 50), and you can try to bargain a little.
Then you will get stamped in your hand sometimes. What is this for? It’s to show to the other traffic police if you get pulled over again. After that, you can continue your driving.

Pretty neat, huh? Well, this is Indonesia.

(See this video below about 46 vehicles getting ticketed because they entered the busway lane)

(See this video too about a face to face bribery interaction)

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

Unique transportation system in Jakarta

Traffic jam has always been a major problem in Indonesia, especially in the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta.
Many solutions have been tried like the busway system and the unfinished monorail, which of course are not solving any problem.
In fact, it creates more traffic because the street is more narrow.

There are many other solutions to solve the traffic problem in Jakarta. One of them is the odd and even system for plate number.
The plate number which has the odd number such as 1351 can only enter Jakarta on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
While, the even number such as 1356 can only enter Jakarta on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
This system is not implemented yet, and by seeing how Indonesia does with the monorail, I don’t think it will be implemented anytime soon.

There is one system that you need to be aware of, though. It is the 3 in 1 system, which means that there must be 3 people in 1 car. If there are no 3 people in the car, you will get stopped and ticketed by the traffic police. The 3 in 1 system is implemented in 7 am – 10 am and 4.30 pm to 7 pm.
This system, thankfully, is not implemented in all streets of Jakarta. It is mostly implemented in the Central Jakarta area like Semanggi street or Kuningan street.

On the other side, Indonesian people seem to be able to see the opportunity. Do you know that there is a very unique job in Indonesia?
We call it ‘joki 3 in 1′ / 3 in 1 jockey. This informal job only exists in Indonesia.
The 3 in 1 system time period is on the rush hour in the morning and the evening. At those rush hours, most of the cars only have 1 person inside.
Why? Because they are going to the office from their home.

These jockeys see this opportunity. So during the 3 in 1 time period, you can many ordinary people standing at the side of the street, offering their hand.
You can hire these people for around IDR 10.000 ($ US 1) to IDR 100.000 ($ US 10). Try to look for the cheapest price because you only need them when the 3 in 1 system is on.

My suggestion is hire the one with the babies or children, or women. They are usually harmless. This is because some of the jockeys might actually be a criminal who wants to hijack your car and take your money.
Other than that, some are actually selling themselves as prostitutes. While the others usually give bad smells from their armpits.

(See this video below about the 3 in 1 jockey)

Well, this is the uniqueness of Indonesia.

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

Motorcycle is the king in Indonesia

In most countries, pedestrians are the king of the street. Look at Japan or Singapore, even without traffic lights, all the vehicles will stop just to let one person cross the street. While in Indonesia, sometimes you need to have a traffic police accompany you to cross a zebra crossing.

Compared to Indonesia, motorcycle is the king. Not only because they can pass through the traffic jam easily (See this post to know more about  ‘Ojek’) and that they take the pedestrian street (See this post about them), but also because they can ride the crossing bridge made solely for pedestrian and that they have advantage in traffic light.

What is worse, though, is that when an accident happens, the motorcycle seems to always win even though it is clearly wrong.
For example, when a motorcycle is driving recklessly and got hit by a car, it is the car’s fault for not being careful. If the car driver is stubborn and saying that he is right, other motorcycle driver might help arguing that the car is wrong. Life is unfair, isn’t it?

So, whatever happens, never challenge yourself to beating motorcycle if you want to stay out of trouble. You have someone waiting at your home, and the quote ‘Slow but Safe’ is the virtue.
Nevertheless, investing in motorcycle industry is wise.

(See this video to see the irresponsible motorcycle drivers)

(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)

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