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Close-Up: Unusual ways to avoid Jakarta's traffic

22 August 2010 Last updated at 00:32 BST

This BBC News series focuses on aspects of life in countries and cities around the world. What may seem ordinary and familiar to the people who live there can be surprising to those who do not.

The Indonesian capital Jakarta is growing rapidly - and with the population explosion, as well as rising income levels, the numbers of cars and motorcycles on the streets of the city are also multiplying.

Jakarta's traffic is now legendary and locals have now become experts at finding ways to get around the jams.

But the police are watching out for those who are making money by offering solutions that fall foul of Indonesian law, as Karishma Vaswani discovers.

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