Officials in Bali’s arts and cultural capital of Ubud have taken firm and decisive action against illegal parking in the town center.
The effort has created huge changes overnight, reducing traffic congestion to a minimum and making it easier for tourists to explore the town center on foot.
Last week officials in Ubud told reporters that they are taking important action on illegal and ‘wild’ parking in the town center.
They outlined a clear plan to crack down on drivers abandoning vehicles in no parking zone, which had been leading to huge amounts of traffic congestion in the busy tourism hotspot.
Officials have now opened up one new designated parking area and are directing both car and moped drivers to use the new, temporary parking area at Astina Field and central parking close to the Sacred Monkey Forest.
This concerted effort by traffic police and community leaders led to overnight changes, with traffic flowing freely along Jalan Hanoman and Jalan Raya Ubud.
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Kadek Ari, a local tourist taxi driver, said that he and his colleagues were happy with the actions of the traffic offers and supported the new parking system. He said, “If it’s like this, you’ll be relieved; you won’t be bothered by the chaotic traffic.”
It is such great news for tourists heading to Ubud. It is now easier and safer to walk along the sidewalks in and around the town center without having to dodge randomly parked mopeds.
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It’s also going to be much quicker to drive through central Ubud to get to the town’s popular cafes, restaurants, and attractions, as both cars and mopeds can use the full width of the road since they, too, no longer have to dodge randomly parked motorcycles.
Ari did share, however, that he noticed some illegally parked scooters in the late evening. He noted, “Maybe the officers can’t supervise 24 hours yet, so some are still misbehaving after the officers are no longer in place.”
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The Acting Head of the Gianyar Transportation Agency, I Wayan Suamba, said that he could not yet reveal how long the new traffic controls and patrols would last.
The Gianyar Transportation Agency has prepared an option for this enforcement to continue without end or notification of extension.
This week’s hard crackdown on illegal parking in central Ubud even resulted in some vehicles being towed.
Both tourists, tourist drivers, and locals are being urged to obey the newly enforced parking rules, or else their vehicles will be towed.
On Monday afternoon, a joint team of elements from the Gianyar Police Traffic Unit, Ubud Police, Ubud Koramil, Gianyar Transportation Service, Satpol PP, and Ubud District officers towed four cars and eleven motorcycles. Officials say they’ll do the same again if needed.
Suamba shared that towing “will continue to be carried out periodically without notification.”
He formally confirmed that parking at Monkey Forest, in the basement level of the Ubud market, and on the Astina field is the most appropriate place for both motorcycle and car drivers to park while visiting Ubud.
This new crackdown comes as a part of a bigger plan to reimagine traffic management in central Ubud to ensure that tourists can access the town center with ease and that local people can use their public resources quickly and efficiently.
Last week officials in Ubud announced a trial for a new shuttle service that is set to further reduce traffic flowing in and out of the town.
Starting from 15th May until the end of December, a new electric vehicle shuttle bus will be on offer for tourists as a park-and-ride style facility.
The free service will operate from 6 am until 11 pm daily, with pick up at Ubud Monkey Forest and drop-offs throughout central Ubud.
Speaking to reporters last week, Gianyar Police Chief, AKBP Ketut Widiada, told reporters, “There will be changes in traffic flow on several sections…we appeal to the public, especially those working in Ubud and also tourists, to obey the rules for mutual convenience.”
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