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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 February 2007, 08:22 GMT
Indonesia highlights safety need
By Lucy Williamson
BBC News, Jakarta

Yusuf Kalla - archive picture
Mr Kalla will meet transport officials as he travels
Indonesia's Vice-President Yusuf Kalla is taking a high-profile train journey to highlight transport safety issues.

Mr Kalla is travelling from the capital Jakarta to Yogjakarta in central Java, a journey of around 12 hours.

Concerns over the safety of Indonesia's trains, planes and ferries have risen in recent weeks after a series of transport disasters in the country.

Mr Kalla wants to draw attention to Indonesia's transport problems, and to be seen doing something about them.

RECENT INDONESIAN DISASTERS
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Ferry fire 22 Feb 2007: At least seven die as Bangka ferry catches fire
Train crash 16 Jan 2007: At least five die as train falls from bridge in Java
Landslide 12 Jan 2007: Landslide kills at least 16 on island of Sangihe
Plane crash 1 Jan 2007: Passenger plane carrying 102 people crashes in sea west of Sulawesi island
Ferry sinks 30 Dec 2006: More than 350 lost as ferry sinks between Borneo and Java
Stampede 20 Dec 2006: 10 killed, dozens injured in a stampede at Java pop concert
Earthquake 18 Dec 2006: Seven killed, about 100 injured in a quake in Sumatra

During the day-long trip the vice-president will meet transport officials on board the train and will stop to inspect a station.

Pressure has been building on the government in the past two months after a series of transport disasters which have left hundreds of people dead or missing.

The government has created commissions to investigate safety practices in the transport sector.

But enforcing the regulations has proven to be the biggest problem partly because the regulation of the transport sector has meant a mushrooming of small and budget operators.

Some of these carriers are accused of running poorly maintained stock or of routinely carrying too many passengers.


SEE ALSO
Indonesia's public transport perils
18 Jan 07 |  Asia-Pacific
Country profile: Indonesia
23 Jan 07 |  Country profiles

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