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No more parking mafia! YOGYAKARTA - You know them, the ever friendly people who always know where to find that parking space you need. If not on the pavement, in front of an entrance or on a dead-end part of the highway system in Jakarta. There is always place for just one more car, motorbike or bikes, which are folded together near a trash can or tree. No problem at all and we are all happy that we can park at a distance less than ten meters from where we want to go. Nothing wrong with paying a little extra on top of the set prices. Gladly even, because 'better be lazy than tired', is something you have to pay for. Of course we are not talking huge amounts here and for hat few thousand Rupiah's you won't push aside cars yourself, I won't believe that.

Thus far everything is fine, because to be honest, I belong to the 'better be lazy than tired' group as well. Regularly is very hot here, so walking 100 meters through a crowded street, yes, that can sometimes be too much asked. Finding a parking space is not always very easy with in the city of Yogyakarta already tens of thousands of motorbikes. During days in the weekend and during public holidays it doesn't change for the better as well. If you hand over your motorbike to the juru parkir (parking attendant), then a place will be found. Take notice not to lock your motorbike ("Nggak usah di-stang, mas", will be told), because then the parking attendant will have to drag around with your motorbike, while moving it on it's wheels is more easy. Don't hand over your keys however.

It will be different if you are a guest in a city, a resident or a visitor to Jalan Malioboro and you always have to pay 1000 Rupiah for that parking spot. Now you will think that this is not really a drama, that 1000 Rupiah. That is not a big deal for sure. For that money you can park along the entire street. Wherever you want to go, you will always be able to find a space nearby, very nearby. It is worse than that, far worse. Parking fees are a form of taxing by the local government. The fixed fee for Jalan Malioboro and other places in the same zone is 500 Rupiah for motorbikes; there is where I will stop, because most people that park here arrive by motorbike.

Signs upon entry of the special parking zone clearly indicate the parking fees by law, however most people never pay this actual fee.
Signs upon entry of the special parking zone clearly indicate the parking fees by law, however most people never pay this actual fee.

So 500 Rupiah is the fixed fee. It is also clearly indicated on most tickets that 20% tax is calculated in the total price. It doesn't get more clear. 400 Rupiah parking fee, 100 Rupiah tax and 500 Rupiah extra for your parking space. That 500 Rupiah extra isn't found anywhere on your ticket. That is the extra pocket money for the parking attendants which have created one huge cartel. 1000 Rupiah is the fee, not 500. When asking about it, people even reacted offensive against me; it's 100 Rupiah. Asking for an explanation is more difficult; "It's crowded, 1000 Rupiah". I realize that it is of no use to only give 500. Next week I want to park here again and because those people are not stupid for sure - even if they act like it - they know which motorbike belongs to who and where they parked it after three times moving it within the parking space. No risks, because a flat tire is more expensive and a 'stolen' helmet as well.

Paying extra is still quite reasonable, but it is even far worse than just nagging. Every ticket consists of two parts. One will be put on your motorbike, the other is the one you have to keep to claim your motorbike. At least, it is supposed to be that way. Until very recently I always returned the ticket when paying the double price. Who knows they really checked it. They don't. They would like to get those tickets back because they will hand them out to the next person parking there. Indeed, the same ticket that has been used already. In this way, 500 and another 500 Rupiah of self-made extra fee is earned. In this fashion not much is left for the local government. Tickets that are on the ground are gathered again and matched to earn another 1000 Rupiah when possible, without paying fees to the government, there are less tickets used than there were people parked, but who is going to check that?

Tickets usually look like they have been used multiple times and that is just what it is. They also manually overprinted the tickets so it looks like they offer extra service by telling you where you parked. What they really do is hiding the official price, the reason may be clear, it only says 500 Rupiah.
Tickets usually look like they have been used multiple times and that is just what it is. They also manually overprinted the tickets so it looks like they offer extra service by telling you where you parked. What they really do is hiding the official price, the reason may be clear, it only says 500 Rupiah.

For a while I started collecting the tickets. I don't return then when paying. Especially in the area around Malioboro dealing with this is so quick that the money is almost taken from your hand directly after your motorbike has been picked from the long rows. Without ticket that is, because that is stuck in some dark pocket. For the collection, but mainly to prevent that my ticket will be used another 25 times. That 25 times (not exactly, but those papers will be very worn by then) brings in 2500 Rupiah in local taxes. That is another tax-hike prevented for all citizens, because I can live with 'paying what you use'.

Am I alone here? Am I telling this and is there not a single person out there listening? When I look around at Malioboro, I don't see anyone asking why the price is so high. Everyone simply pays and leaves. The ticket is returned, folded and put back into the ticket-book for re-use. Absolutely not a single person that is to place a remark; even worse, people don't dare to say something. It's not a matter of respect for authority that the average Indonesian has for laws and rules - the opposite is more common - but the fear for the juru parkir that causes 1000 Rupiah to be paid upon returning the ticket as well.

The article from the newspaper which states that action will be taken against abuse of the parking system. At the bottom of this page is a link to the complete article online, in Indonesian.
The article from the newspaper which states that action will be taken against abuse of the parking system. At the bottom of this page is a link to the complete article online, in Indonesian.

Fear did you say? Yes, pure fear it is. People are scared by a group of failed preman (self-proclaimed neighborhood 'owners') which use being a parking attendant as a means to terrorize the area with their too high parking fees and the re-used tickets. As I am told before it's just better to do what they ask (too much obviously) and not to ask questions. There will be no answer anyway and I would take the risk that something would happen to my motorbike next time. That was the truth of the entire story, but shouldn't they be the ones to guard the safety around here? They are getting paid buy the local government and so they are civil servant. The next step is that those civil servants are abusing the same hand that is feeding them to impose their own parking tariffs and by behaving like a little dictator by organizing their own parking area.

That is not how it should be obviously. However there are no complaints made at the parking attendants themselves - that will set you back the price of a new tire, helmet, mirror or left luggage a next time - but elsewhere there are. The newspaper especially is a nice place to complain about such hot items fairly anonymous, knowing that most likely nothing will be done about it anyway. Is that so? It is a financial set back for the local government, also named theft. That the government doesn't care about individuals that are complaining, but about the missed taxes became clear some while ago (21 June 2007), when an article was printed in Kompas (link to article online below).The article stated that the local government would take action against this kind of theft, because that is what it is.

The average parking attendant is accused - in the article - of not handing over received funds, not wearing a uniform, to use used or false tickets or have no tickets at all, decide themselves when they work and set the parking tariffs as well. That is quite a list of things that should in no way be related in any way with the average parking attendant. It seems very clear that the average civil servant doesn't get away with it, especially when you have a public function like this and steal money directly from the pockets of the people that pay your salary.

Outside that the local government thinks it misses out on something like 200 million Rupiah over 2006 alone. I think when they rearranged everything again, this amount could be much higher. It's in the interest of the local government and the tax payer to end this kind of theft as soon as possible. Furthermore for the average user it's also nice to know that the 500 Rupiah which has to be paid for a parking space comes inclusive service of proper parking when it's crowded. Probably that is also a reason why 1000 Rupiah is asked. Everyone can perfectly understand, but it should not just be that way.

Related link
Kompas: Pemkot bersikap tegas soal pelanggaran parkir



Posted in Culture @ 05 July 2007 by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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(Edited) Posted @ 08 July 2007 12:33

Does anybody agree with me that the `Stories' are too long? I appreciate what my dear neighbour Yerun is doing, but I do think `stories' should be limited 300-400 words. OK, 500. But there's a limit to what people are prepared to read on the Internet.

Cheers,

Hans



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Still too long? I'm actually quite sure that there are enough people reading the entire story, but more feedback from others is welcome for sure. Emoticon: Yes!



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I did read the whole article, with interest. It reminded me of the time that I arrived at Maliobro on the back of a motorcycle of an Indonesian friend.
After shopping and dinner, it became very late because of the heavy rain.
Finally we took a taxi and dropped my friend off near his motorcycle and I preceded with the taxi to my hotel.
The next day I received a phonecall from my friend, that he has been beaten up by the parking 'mafia' on top of that the damaged his helmet and motorcycle. The were angry that the had to wait so long for this last motorcycle to be collected. (maybe they demanded more money for that, can't remember that anymore.)




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