Yogyakarta to start single entry test for sightseeing buses



Yogyakarta (ANTARA) – The Yogyakarta city government plans to begin testing a one-door entry system for tourist buses this weekend, under which buses will have to apply for entry into Yogyakarta at Giwangan terminal.

“We will start the trial this weekend to observe the implementation and potential problems of the trial,” Deputy Mayor of Yogyakarta Heroe Poerwadi said on Wednesday in Yogyakarta.

Tourist buses will need to apply for an entry permit into the city at the Giwangan terminal, after which each passenger’s documents will be checked and the permit will be granted if all conditions are met, the deputy mayor explained.

A sticker and a parking card will be provided to buses passing the controls, which will allow them to access the three reopened parking centers in the city on the Abu Bakar Ali, Senopati and Ngabean roads, he informed.

The tour bus screening is aimed at controlling the entry of buses and tourists into the city amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Poerwadi said. He confirmed that the city’s tourism stakeholders will be informed of the trial in advance.

Meanwhile, Yogyakarta Transportation Bureau Chief Agus Arif said the requirement for bus stickers and parking cards to access parking centers would ensure that all arriving tourist buses apply for the permit at the parking lot. Giwangan terminal.

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“Without the bus sticker and parking card, they cannot access the parking lots, and we will penalize tourist buses that park outside the parking lots,” Arif informed.

With a total capacity of 127 buses, the three parking lots can accommodate up to 150 sightseeing buses, which is the average number of sightseeing bus arrivals on weekends, he said.

Forty additional waiting places will be made available at the Giwangan terminal for authorized tourist buses, he said.

Authorities are currently preparing a mobile application, Peduli Jogja (Yogyakarta Cares), to regulate the movement of tourist buses from the Giwangan terminal to designated parking points at the three parking centers, Arif added.

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