Parking has always been an issue in all countries. Well, perhaps not Venice unless you consider parking a gondola or boat is parking at all.
One of the issues is the amount of parking space available which is never enough. The other issue is from the drivers themselves.
Sometimes, most of them are not too good at parking at all, especially when they have to do parallel parking.
Then, the only thing left to do is to buy a parking sensor. But it is expensive, isn’t it?
It is no different from Indonesia, and it is even worse because not all drivers pass the driving test officially or ‘honestly’. I will tell more about this in the upcoming posts later.
BUT in Indonesia, no matter how bad the driver is, they can always park easily.
How do they do that? Well, they don’t. They are helped by a ‘parker’ or ‘parking clerk’.
Basically, they are just ordinary people with no special driving skill. I am even sure that most of them cannot drive at all.
However, they do understand how to help you parking your car or motorcycle by giving you guidance or direction of where to move your car, such as to the left or to the right.
They are easily recognized by their bright orange-colored clothes and their whistles, but some of them only wear normal clothes and bring no whistle.
When you want to leave and you don’t see any parker or parking clerk around, don’t worry.
Just start your car and move your car out a little, then in a matter of seconds, a parker or parking clerk will come and guide you.
Then, you only have to pay IDR 1.000 or 2.000 (0,1 or 0,2 US Dollar)
That’s the uniqueness of Indonesia. Convenient, isn’t it?
One thing you have to remember about parking in Indonesia is that you can not ask your friend or acquaintance to book a parking space for you.
For example, you have a friend who arrives earlier than you at a Mall or restaurant, then you ask your friend to keep the parking space for you.
You can’t do that because your friend will get beaten up by other angry driver who could have the parking space.
So, whether you want to park on the street or at a restaurant or cafe, don’t worry and just relax.
(See this video below to see the parker’s or parking clerk’s daily life)
(Credits go respectfully to the rightful owner)