Traffic Law of Indonesia : Fines / Penalties for Traffic Infraction

Driving in Bali / other area in Indonesia during your holiday is a wonderful experience as many spots in the street that may interest you to stop for a while. You don’t have to worry about time schedule from your travel agents.  However you must know about traffic law in Indonesia as Bali is part of Indonesia. Just in case you broke one of the article, you know the consequences.

When you break the traffic rule, police officer will stop you and give you Surat TILANG, it’s abbreviation of evidence of infraction. The police officer take your driving licence or vehicle document and change with either blue or pink color of surat tilang. The Blue color means you willing to put amount of money as much as maximum fine to the nearest bank so after you pay then the police officer will give your documents back immediately (vehicle documents, driving licence, etc.). As in the court you don’t have to pay maximum amount of fine, later you can take your change after judge decided how much you should pay in the court. If you don’t come on the court on the day, your change money goes to treasury fund of Indonesia.

Pink color means that you willing to pay penalty at the traffic court, usually about 2 weeks later.  For such not serious (no fatalities) of violations  the fine you must pay usually about 20 – 40 % of the maximum penalty. After you pay the fine, you can take all your paper back. On surat tilang, police officer will write such as your name, age, education, date of traffic court for you, article you had broke, amount of fine, etc.

Here is summary of some of the important articles from Traffic Law of Indonesia No 22 / 2009

1. FOR EVERY BODY
Who make malfunction of: traffic signs, road markings,  traffic signals, pedestrian facilities, safety devices on the road (article 275 juncto article 28).
Maximum penalty Rp 250.000,-

2. FOR ROAD USER
Disobey police officer order (in particular conditions where police officer needs to directs traffic from stuck)  such as: stop, keep moving, move faster, move slower and / or change direction (article 282 juncto article 104).
Maximum penalty Rp 250.000,-

3. FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER
PAPERS/ DOCUMENTS :
a.    Without license or cannot show valid driving license (article 228 juncto 106).
Maximum penalty Rp 250.000,-
b.    Do not have valid license (article 281 juncto 77).
Maximum penalty Rp 1.000.000,-
c.    Without  valid STNK / registration papers (article 228 juncto article 106).
Maximum penalty Rp 500.000,-
MOTOR VEHICLE FITTINGS
a.    Attachs Unofficial Vehicle Number Sign or no Vehicle Number Sign (article 280 juncto article 68).
Maximum penalty Rp 500.000,-
b.    Attachs additional accessories that harmful for others, such as horn shape bumper, blinding lights etc. (article 279 juncto 58)
Maximum penalty Rp 500.000,-
c.    Do not use safety belt (article 289 juncto 106).
Maximum penalty Rp 250.000,-
d.    Turn off the main lamp in the evening or in particlular conditions (article 293 juncto article 107).
Maximum penalty Rp 250.000,-
e.    Breaks procedure of coupled and adhere other vehicle (article 287 juncto article 106).
Maximum penalty Rp 250.000,-
f.    Vehicle without roof, no safety belt and no helmet (article 290 juncto 106).
Maximum penalty Rp 250.000,-

CODE OF CONDUCT ON THE STREET

STOP / PARKING
Inhibits traffic, stopping / park ing  at restricted area (article 287 juncto 106).
Maximum penalty Rp 250.000,-

SPEED
Breaks the maximum/ minimum speed allowed (article 287 juncto article 106 juncto article 115).
Maximum penalty Rp 500.000,-

TURN SIGNAL
a.    No signal when turn left/ turn right (article 294 juncto article 112).
Maximum penalty Rp 250.000,-
b.    No signal when moving to other side (article 295 juncto article 112).
Maximum penalty Rp 250.000,-

TRAFFIC SIGNS
a.    Disobey traffic sign (article 287 juncto article 106).
Maximum penalty Rp 500.000,-
b.    Disobey order / prohibition of manual traffic signals (article 287 juncto 106).
Maximum penalty Rp 500.000,-
c.    Disobey railway crossing alarm/ signal (article 296 juncto article 114).
Maximum penalty Rp 750.000,-

EMERGENCY STOP
No Safety Triangle Sign/ or other signs  when stop/ park on the street in emergency situation (article 298 juncto article 121).
Maximum penalty Rp 500.000,-

PRIORITY VEHICLES
Doesn’t give way to priority vehicles with sirens or special light and/ or escort by the police, such as :
a.     fire trucks on duty,
b.    ambulances on duty,
c.    vehicles is helping traffic accident,
d.    motorcade state officials,
e.    motorcade state guest,
f.    motorcade mourner,
g.    particular convoy, etc. (article 106 juncto article 134 and article 135).
Maximum penalty Rp 250.000,-

PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLIST RIGHT
No concern of pedestrian or cyclist (article 284 juncto article 106).
Maximum penalty Rp 500.000

BEHAVIOUR
Does other activities when driving (eg. phoning, texting etc.) or which causes lost of concentration (article 283 jucto article 106).
Maximum penalty Rp 750.000,-

Be a good driver, safe ride and have a nice holiday …

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