Tag Archive | safety

Safety versus Profit Conspiracies

Reader comments on an article reporting on the new rules and fines being imposed to motorcycle riders cover a range of reactions; from the usual:- it’s about time there was a crackdown on the reckless motorcycle ridersto the somewhat illogical:- if this goes on, sooner or later they’ll be fining pedestriansto the conspiracy theorists:- this rule does not side with the ‘little people’. It is a conspiracy between the city administration and the producers of motorcycle headlights to increase sales.So I wonder how people would react to the rule where drivers are not allowed to make calls while driving? Maybe they’ll say it’s a conspiracy between the city administration and producers of cellphone handsfree kits.That said, I am not aware if this HP handsfree rule applies to motorcyclists, which we still often see making calls while riding their motorcycles.

I Guess It’s The Intention That Counts…


… even if the helmet is on backwards and not properly tied to the head.

When One Hand Is Steering The Motorcycle, The Other Is…

… holding a gallon-sized water bottle…. holding the helmet he or she is supposed to wear…. calling on the phone…. SMS-ing on the phone…. holding a cigarette…. holding a bag of groceries…. holding a baby (!)… carrying a long plank of wood…. waving those flashlight-cum-lightsaber thingys usually used for directing traffic.

But We Practice This Circus Act Every day


A family of four on a motorcycle whizzing through the streets of Jakarta on Thursday. (Photo: Afriadi Hikmal, JG)

There is a new rule which bans people from riding motorcycles with more than one passenger. The rule also applies for carrying oversize luggage on a motorcycle. But apparently, the rule will only apply for people going home in the Lebaran season.So, safety first only applies in the holidays?

Honey, Where Did You Park The Car?


Police officers chat near a minivan that plunged into a river in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on Monday. The driver, who was reported to be sleepy when driving, was unharmed. Jakarta Post/Ricky Yudhistira

Repost: Too Obvious To Miss


A pair ride a motorbike ride with the lights off on Jl. Imam Bonjol, Central Jakarta on Friday. In the background is a banner set up by police stating that all motorcyclists must use the left lane and keep their lights on. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

Our Tax Payments At Work

Officers catch chickens at a village in Jakarta. The city government plans to relocate all chickens from residential areas to curb the spread of bird flu. (Photo: Bagus Indahono, EPA)