JAKARTA: The Transportation Ministry aims to finish building a 1.64 trillion rupiah (US$116.5mil), international standard motor vehicle “proving ground” within the next four years to help Indonesian automakers capture the South-East Asian market. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi showed a project road map whereby the proving ground – a racetrack-like site to be built in Bekasi, West Java – was slated to begin development in 2022 and be finished by 2024. The proving ground will test Indonesia-made motorcycles, three-wheelers, cars, buses and trucks in accordance with the international benchmark United Nations Regulation (UNR) on vehicles, to make them more compliant with other markets’ standards, particularly the Asean market. “(Indonesia) produces a lot (of cars), we use a lot of cars but we don’t export as much, ” said the minister during a Jakpost Spotlight webinar titled Improving vehicle safety in Indonesia through proving ground. Indonesian automakers exported 180,903 completely-built-up vehicles this year as of October, which represented a third of total vehicle production as of that month, according to Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) data. However, Gaikindo aims to push exports up to 1 million units and domestic sales to 2 million units by 2025 against the backdrop of a cooling Indonesian auto market as big cities, including Jakarta, choke up with private vehicles. For the government, raising vehicle exports is a means of strengthening Indonesia’s trade surplus, which hit US$17.07bil from January to October this year, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS). The surplus supports the rupiah exchange rate and boosts the country’s economic recovery. Indonesia’s main competitor for the South-East Asian auto market is Thailand, but Vietnam, the region’s rising economic star, recently signalled plans to go global after Vietnamese automaker VinFast acquired a proving ground in Australia, which Gaikindo expects will tighten regional competition going forward. The ministry’s land transportation director-general, Budi Setiyadi, explained that the planned proving ground would add 19 new testing facilities to the ministry’s existing vehicle testing site in Bekasi. The new facilities will test, among other aspects, vehicle emissions, noise levels, crash safety and mirror view in accordance with the UNR, a standard universally recognised by South-East Asian countries through the Asean Mutual Recognition Arrangements. “At the least there will be trust from other countries over products made in Indonesia, ” said Budi. He added that “there are other (proving grounds) in Asean but ours will be the biggest” at 90 hectares. The second biggest in the region will be that in Thailand, according to ministry data. He added that the proving ground would also feature facilities to test electric vehicles. The government issued last year a presidential regulation on developing a domestic EV industry. The proving ground is one of five multi-billion rupiah government-to-business cooperation projects forwarded by the Transportation Ministry in 2018. The five serve as pilots in cutting state budget spending on big transport infrastructure projects. — The Jakarta Post/ANN
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