This is because the toll gate is located at Kilometer 13. This means that from both Samarinda and Balikpapan, a number of vehicles did not pass through the adequacy test site. This is allegedly one of the obstacles for drivers not to check the roadworthiness of their vehicles.
“We coordinate how well it is to facilitate supervision and testing. Is it close to the toll road or something like that,” said Edo, nicknamed Adwar Seknda Putra, in Balikpapan, Friday (26/5/2023).
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The fatal accident occurred on Wednesday (24/5/2023). One motorbike driver was killed when he was hit by a container truck that failed to brake at a red light. The Balikpapan Transportation Agency stated that the container truck that had an accident did not have an active shipping document. The car registration documents expire in April 2022. Apart from that, truck drivers also do not have a driving license for 10-wheeled vehicles.
Edo said that currently the separation of vehicles is being carried out on the downhill road at Muara Rapak Intersection. Large vehicles are in the right lane and small vehicles are in the left lane. This aims to reduce the potential for victims if there are large vehicles that have problems when going downhill. Edo said restrictions on vehicles traveling through city roads would also be implemented.
Outreach and raids
Apart from that, the Balikpapan City Transportation Agency will also intensify outreach to a number of companies that have large vehicle fleets. The socialization discussed accident-prone points and reminded the importance of checking the car periodically.
In addition, companies are asked not to choose drivers arbitrarily. Because, in the last accident, the container truck driver did not have a General SIM B2 for 10-wheeled vehicles, but only had SIM A.
Many large vehicles from the Capital City of the Archipelago (IKN) project pass through Balikpapan.
This was done considering that there are many large vehicles for the Nusantara Capital Project (IKN) that pass through Balikpapan. “For example, we have socialized the head of the driver on the Balang Island toll road project. In addition, we will conduct raids,” said Edo.
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Currently, TAD (36), a container truck driver who had an accident has been named a suspect by the police. Head of the Traffic Unit of the Balikpapan Police, Commissioner Ropiyani, said the truck driver was being treated at the Bhayangkara Hospital in Balikpapan because he was positive for Covid-19.
“The driver will be placed in a special hospital cell to undergo treatment as well as undergo legal proceedings,” said Ropiyani.
Djoko Setijowarno, Deputy Chairperson of the Empowerment and Regional Strengthening of the Indonesian Transportation Society (MTI), said that freight transport contributed to the second highest accident besides motorbike users. For this reason, he emphasized the need for restrictions on public roads.
“The police must be firm, don’t mess with safety. Companies that don’t check the roadworthiness of their vehicles also need to be punished,” said Djoko.
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