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Waiting at ERP gantries. Thoughts anyone?

By CheeJun on 23 Mar 2011

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Its 10.23pm and the ERP gantry along the CTE is still 'In Operation', so what do you do; Pull along side on the road shoulder which is already packed with temporary red and white barriers for roadworks or pay 50 cents and continue your smooth journey home? From what I observed, there are still a few imbeciles who will pull along the shoulder and wait for 7 minutes before the ERP goes off.

Considering that these people pull over, leave their engines switched on and wait for 7 minutes before the ERP is put to sleep, just to save 50 cents. Don't you think that by leaving your engine running and waiting, its still burning fuel, you're not moving anywhere and in other words, you're still paying 50 cents or even more by waiting! Not only that, you're posing a safety hazard to other road users when you abruptly signal across 2 lanes to stop at the shoulder and with roadworks going on you are probably obstructing traffic as well. I'm not saying that I don't value 50 cents because I know its still money but I seriously doubt the cost of waiting there exceeds the benefits of just driving through. Sure we're paying the government but at the same time, getting home faster and safer.

So the next time you see the time on the ERP gantry is timing out, just go through. I just got burned 2 bucks today at Victoria Street when it was 7.54pm and at 7.55pm it could have been 1 dollar. I guess they should just remove the clock altogether to save the pain...

erp, inconsiderate drivers, cbd

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Hi everyone, I’m Chee Jun and cars have always been a passion for me since young and writing about them is one way to express myself in the motoring world.

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Pltang Mar 23 2011 02:50 PM
Not much better than those who suddenly slow down to insert their cashcard dry.gif
BenCee Mar 23 2011 03:42 PM
I'd actually rather 'waste' the money on the fuel, because it's something I can use, rather than give it to the Government where it never comes back.

But the best solution is to ALWAYS plan your journey. If you really oppose paying ERP, travel on roads that don't have them (admittedly quite hard nowadays though), or travel during the times when they are not in operation.

I never enter town before 8pm, for example, unless I absolutely have to.
BenCee Mar 23 2011 03:43 PM
Oh, but I must add, I NEVER stop by the roadside to wait, because that's just stupid and dangerous. I would rather use the fuel to drive around.
Payne Mar 23 2011 05:30 PM
Later, camera captures and you receive summons for waiting outside the ERP gantry.....
PetrolHead Mar 23 2011 05:57 PM
Well if a driver makes a sudden slow-down and causes an accident from behind, yes by Singapore law its the rear vehicles fault, but morally the driver is wrong, being ignorant of other road users
Kar_lover Mar 23 2011 06:18 PM

For me, i always plan my drive and i would have left my previous place such dat i will arrive about 5min to 10min AFTER the ERP over. If for watever reason i still too early then bo pien pay lor. I find it too shameful to do something so KS (and not to mention illegal) just to save dat 50cents or $1.
Xspace Mar 23 2011 07:12 PM
1 minute kind is fine, I feel... :P
Ladykillerz Mar 23 2011 09:10 PM
waste time and fuel. move out at a later time.
Eyke Mar 24 2011 11:23 AM
ur fuel price has Gov tax built-in lah.
Alby Mar 26 2011 10:41 AM
Don't be an ugly Singaporean! If u can afford a car but choose not to pay ERP then don't get a car in the first place!
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