Officials ignore 'One Day No Car' policy

Officials ignore 'One Day No Car' policy

Although a 2013 Gubernatorial Instruction clearly obliges Jakarta civil servants to leave their motorized vehicles at home on the first Friday of every month, parking lots in various office buildings were still packed with private cars and motorcycles.

The parking space for motorcycles in the basement of the City Council building on Jl. Merdeka Selatan in Central Jakarta, for example, was as crowded as regular days.

It was even hard for visitors to squeeze their motorcycles into the available space on the second floor of the basement, as it was packed with civil servants' vehicles.

The same condition was seen in the Tax Agency office building on Jl. Abdul Muis.

A civil servant working in City Hall who refused to be identified did not even understand the message in the policy.

"I parked my car in the nearby parking space [at the National Monument park]," he said, adding that he thought the city administration's employees were just not allowed to bring their private vehicles to the City Hall area.

He said he was also not sure if the policy still took affect after former governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo left City Hall for the State Palace, not knowing that the policy was stipulated in Gubernatorial Instruction No. 150/2013.

"It's Jokowi's policy, isn't it?" he asked, puzzled.

Ahok said the civil servants should still comply with the instruction, which took affect in January 2014.

"I want the employees who do not follow the instruction to receive punishment," he said, adding that the sanction could come as an allowance cut.

When the policy, called "One Day No Car", was applied for the first time, Ahok violated the regulation by taking his official car to the office.

However, after public outcry, he eventually complied with the regulation by riding a bicycle and a bus to the office from his private house in the Pantai Mutiara housing complex in North Jakarta.

Jakarta Employment Agency head Agus Suradika said that none of the civil servants were sanctioned for violating the instruction so far.

"The ones who monitor the employees will be the Jakarta Inspectorate personnel. We will take care of the sanction, especially cutting the allowance," he said.

The Jakarta administration gives two kinds of allowance to its employees - static and dynamic. The static allowance, disbursed every month, is determined by presence while the dynamic one, disbursed every three months, is determined by the number of tasks that the employees can accomplish.

Civil servants receive Rp 7,000 (53 US cents) for each point, including for timely attendance.

"The amount of the reduction will be varied. We will determine it based on the [level of the] violation," he said.

Agus said that for light violations, the static allowance could be cut for one to three months. "[For] the severe [violations it] could be six to 12 months," he said, adding that he would check to see if violating the governor instruction would be categorized as a light violation.

He said that besides cutting the allowance, his agency would also give administrative punishment. "It ranges from a written warning to demotion," he said.

Jakarta Inspectorate official Lasro Marbun said the Inspectorate had not yet sanctioned the civil servants who breached the regulation.

"We are now still discussing the system to enforce the instruction," he said.

Lasro said, however, that he was aware that many of the civil servants still did not comply with the instruction.

"We will also discuss with all agencies about [the possibility of] an evaluation of the regulation," he said.

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