The street Where I walked in Jakarta was narrow, but there was a lot of traffic. There were not so many people walking, but vehicles were frequently running through. There were motorbikes, Pedicabs called Becak, and shared taxis called Angkot. Even though the road was narrow, they were not slowing down and didn't seem to pay much attention to pedestrians. I was a little bit scared when I was walking on the edge of the road.
By the way, the traffic is on the left side of the road in Indonesia, just like Japan. It is said that the law of the Netherlands, the former suzerainty of this country, made it possible for people to drive on the left side of the road. Well, what does it mean that they followed the Dutch law and made the road on the left side of the road, even though the Dutch drive on the right side?
According to my research, the Netherlands used to have left-hand traffic at first, but when it came under Napoleon's rule, they changed to right-hand traffic following the French. However, to complicate matters, Indonesia was under British rule at the time and the traffic was not changed to the right-of-way. However, the traffic law seems to have been kept the same even though Indonesia was under Dutch rule again after the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824.
In this photo, a motorbike going left is running on the left side of the road, and a shared taxi called Angkot is running across the left side of the road to the right. And the woman on the Angkot had a difficult look on her face as if she was trying to answer my question.
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