Jakarta — Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the country is bracing for heavy traffic this holiday season, which expected to peak between December 29, 2017 and January 1, 2018. “Our predictions is that the peak traffic will occur on the 29th, 30th, 31st December and the first of January. During these days the Ministry of Transportation will make intensive cooperation . . I expect the arterial roads to be utilized well” to help reduce congestion, the minister said in statement on Sunday (24/12). He added that the Transportation Ministry is discussing with business associations about the possibility to extend a ban on heavy vehicles and trucks from roads to four days instead of just two. “Initially, the ban was to last two days, on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30, but we are considering to extend it Dec. 31 and Jan. 1,” the minister said in the statement, adding that the ministry is currently discussing the ban with the Organization of Land Transportation Owners (Organda) and the Indonesian Truck Owners’ Association (Aptrindo). According to Dwimawan Heru, assistant to the vice president of corporate communications at state-owned toll operator Jasa Marga, about 234,000 private vehicles have traveled out of Jakarta so far. “This number was recorded from the Cikarang Utama toll gate,” he said, referring to a toll gate on the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road, which is the busiest toll road in the country and connects the capital with cities in West Java. He said the volume of traffic of vehicles heading to Cikampek, a city in West Java, is predicted to increase. Jasa Marga urged all drivers to ensure that their vehicles are in good condition and to make sure they have adequate funds on their payment cards for toll fees, since the government abolished cash payments at toll booths. On Sunday, Jasa Marga implemented a contraflow system which re-purposes traffic lanes in opposite directions to give way to those heading to Cikampek. This system has been implemented annually to help ease traffic. Jasa Marga said in a statement that the contraflow was implemented between the 35th and 41st kilometer on the road from 11:55 a.m. on Sunday and ceased at 02:00 p.m. after traffic improved. The toll road operator said it is possible to implement the system if traffic worsens.