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Roof riding a no-goo on Indonesian trains


Published on Feb 13, 2012

Transport authorities in Indonesia are stepping up efforts to stop passengers riding on the roofs of trains. Many different approaches have been tested to prevent people from roof riding, including suspending concrete boulders above the track. Now, goo-soaked brooms are to garland crossing points on the Java rail network to act as a further deterrent. Quoted by ABS News, Ahmad Sujadi, of the state-run railway, PT Kereta Api Indonesia, said; “For anyone who is still up there, it’ll be like a whip… Some people say it’s inhumane, but that’s fine, because letting them ride on the roofs is even more inhumane.” Hundreds of people clamber up on to the roofs of trains in Indonesia to avoid paying for tickets or to escape overcrowded carriages. But dozens are killed or injured each year.

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