A watchdog group has urged the National Police to reverse a recent decision to raise fees for a range of vehicle registration services, lashing out at what it said was an unlawful move, which only demonstrates the law enforcement agency’s arrogance.
The police said the new fees – increased by more than 100 percent – will coincide with improved services, but admitted that that they have not consulted the broader public on the decision.
Lawmakers have yet to deliberate and approve the higher fees, which the Indonesian Police Watch (IPW) said constitutes a violation of the law on public services.
“This is highly deplorable,” IPW chairman Neta S. Pane said in a statement on Saturday (07/01). “The police are a law enforcement institution but they have instead disobeyed the law. This shows the police are becoming more and more arrogant.”
“They should have set a good example so that members of the public in this country will respect the law and the constitution,” Neta added.
The increase will apply to fees for driving licenses, vehicle registration certificates and vehicle ownership certificates, with police saying that the costs of running these services have risen significantly since they were imposed five years ago.