Driving in Jakarta

Information about the rules and regulations about parking, how to recognise the various police agencies and how to stay on the right side of the law when driving in Jakarta…


Parking outside of buildings is regulated by the Jakarta regional government. The current regulation in effect is the Governor’s Regulation 120 of 2012 (replacing Regulation 48 of 2004) with the following stipulations:

For commercial zones, hotels, offices and apartment buildings

  • Cars and minibuses pay between  IDR 3,000 and  IDR 5,000 for the first hour and between IDR 2,000 and IDR 4,000 for subsequent hours, or part of an hour
  • Buses and trucks pay between IDR 6,000 and  IDR 7,000 for the first hour and between IDR 3,000 and  IDR 4,000 for subsequent hours, or part of an hour
  • Motorcycles pay between  IDR 1,000 and  IDR 2,000 for the first and subsequent hours, or part of an hour

For public zones including markets, recreation areas, hospitals and other places

  • Cars and minibuses pay between IDR 2,000 and  IDR 3,000 for the first hour and IDR 2,000 for subsequent hours (or part thereof)
  • Motorcycles pay between  IDR 1,000 and  IDR 2,000 for the first and subsequent hours, or part of an hour

Most public buildings contract to companies that manage parking services. The parking fee should be paid at the gates when leaving the premises. Payment can be made in cash or, in the case of some commercial buildings, by using a magnetic multi-purpose debit card called "Flazz" issued by Bank Central Asia (BCA).

Traffic Law Enforcement Personnel

Below is a guide to recognising the various law enforcement authorities and private security firms in Jakarta (websites in Indonesian):

  • The National Police uniform is dark brown (jacket and trousers/dress) with a light brown shirt. National police may or may not be armed. Vehicles are mid-grey with prominent yellow markings
  • The Municipal Police (Satuan Polisi Pamong Praja/Satpol PP) in Jakarta wear military style uniforms in a khaki green-brown colour
  • The elite Mobile Brigade Unit (Brigade Mobil/Brimob) wear light green military style uniforms and black berets. An alternative uniform for this unit is black with blue identification (rank, name, badge). Vehicles are usually black with red markings
  • The Tourist Police is one of the Vital Objects Security units of the national police. These officers usually speak better English and are often assigned to popular tourist destinations. They wear the normal National Police uniform, but with an additional burgundy/dark red trimming and neckties and are usually unarmed. Vehicles are bright orange
  • The Traffic Police and Highway Patrol (Polisi Lalu Lintas/Polantas) is part of the National Police. These officers wear white hats and their uniforms have a white trim. They are usually unarmed. Patrol cars and motorcycles are white with blue and red markings
  • Transportation Authority Police (Dinas Perhubungan) wear a light blue uniform, and their vehicles are light blue and dark blue. Part of the Ministry of Transportation, they may help to direct traffic, but for the most part regulate commercial vehicles such as trucks and box cars
  • Private security firms are employed in most commercial buildings and even in residential areas. They usually wear white shirts and navy blue trousers/dress during the day, and the evening uniforms are navy blue top and bottom. It is very common for private security personnel to help direct traffic in or around the facilities which they are assigned to

Traffic Violations

Traffic violations are the domain of the Traffic Police (Polisi Lalu Lintas) who wear white hats and white trimming on their cuffs (as opposed to the plain brown trim and brown hats of the general National Police).

Official road blocks and checks for driving licence and registration number completions should be sign-posted on the road and police officers are required to state the purpose of such checks. Drivers are entitled to ask for the identification (name, rank and serial number) of police officers, should they believe they have been unfairly treated.

All police officers, not just the Traffic Police, are authorised to issue either a warning or a ticket for traffic offences.

There are two types of traffic violation tickets:

  • The blue slip means that the driver accepts responsibility for the violation. The police officer should give the driver details of the traffic code violated, the penalty imposed and how to pay the fine – usually at the nearest BRI Bank branch. After the fine has been paid the driver should then get back in touch with the issuing police department to retrieve their driving licence. Should they wish to redeem the difference between the (maximum) penalty imposed, and the actual fee that would have been incurred, they should then follow the same procedure as accepting the red slip
  • The red slip means that the driver wishes to contest the claim by the police officer. This involves a court appearance in front of a judge

In both cases the driver is required to surrender their driving licence to the police officer, although not the registration details number or any other documentation.

Below are some useful basic phrases to communicate with a police officer for identification and inquiry purposes:

English Indonesian
What is my violation? Apa kesalahan saya?
Which regulation(s) did I violate? Undang-undang apa yang saya langgar?
What is your name? Siapa nama anda?
What is your rank? Apa pangkat anda?
What are your registration and employee identification numbers (two sets) Berapa NRP dan NIP anda?
Note NRP = Nomor Registrasi Pokok or Main Registration Number; NIP = Nomor Induk Pegawai or Central Employee Number
Which resort police office do you work at? Anda bertugas di polres mana?
I want the blue slip Saya minta slip biru
I want the red slip Saya minta slip merah
I do not wish to pay any unofficial fees Saya tidak mau damai
Thank you Terima kasih

Traffic Congestion

Radio El Shinta on 90.00 FM has updates on the traffic congestion situation in the city, although the broadcasts are in Indonesian only. The following websites offer live CCTV updates in major intersections across Jakarta: