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Less cars on the road?

By BenCee on 07 Oct 2011

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By now, you would have read the news that the Government is planning to reduce the vehicle population growth of Singapore.

And of course, you would have known the potential implications this will have on car (and COE) prices in Singapore.

It's a topic as old as the COE system itself, but it's still one that rages on regardless.

I don't begrudge the Government for doing what it is doing, because let's face it, Singapore is a small country. We cannot accomodate that many cars on our roads.

But it's the fickle indecision of the Government that bugs me. What do they really want to curb, ownership or usage?

I wish they would make up their minds and set the true agenda, so that we can all be clear what the situation is and adapt accordingly.

I personally am for curbing usage. Let people own cars, but make them think twice about driving.

One way to do this is to make it inconvenient to drive into town. Not just expensive, but inconvenient and troublesome.

I mean, if you are going to encounter closed roads and trouble finding (cheap) parking, wouldn't you seriously reconsider driving into the CBD?

And thus cars will be free for use around the surburbs on the weekends or during off-peak hours for family or social activities.

Of course, the public transport system to and from town has to be vastly improved from the current situation for this to work, so the onus is on the relevant Government bodies to think about how they want to go about implementing this effectively, if they do consider it.

I'm sure people have their own opinions, so I'll be happy to hear them.

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Achtung7 Oct 07 2011 06:44 PM
The problem is... if one pays a ridiculous sum to own a car, thanks to the COE which is bidded by the dealers, how would you get them not to drive their cars..
Mecontle Oct 07 2011 11:59 PM
Most daily car driver will tell you traffic jams in town are mostly caused by road works, erp, excessive traffic lights, bicycles
On highway is due to irrevlevant low speed limits and lane hogging vehicles on lane 1: comfort's sonata taxi, bread&butter cars, P plate drivers, truck or van.

How our ministry of transport failed to identify these basic problems is a serious question,
their one size fit all solution is to financially penalise motorist for whatever "policy" they make

Truely unique,
Majura Singapura
Darthrevan Oct 08 2011 04:30 PM
less new cars..but not lesser cars unless its negative growth
Dwee Oct 11 2011 04:03 PM
A driver will know all these stupid policies will NEVER be able to reduce the traffic condition here.
There are few practical reasons for the slow moving traffic.
1) Too many traffic lights. Nowadays averagely there are at least one traffic light in every 600m. Should consider to replace with more overhead bridges for the pedestrain.
2) Very frequent to see road works or tree pruning day time and evening time. it should be done past midnight and ends before 6am.
3) We only have 2 to 3 lanes of road to use for all. Now, a lot of places have drawn with the stupid yellow and red bus lane which I saw some times the buses doesn't even uses their own designated lane. And furthermore don't know which brainless guy who came out with the idea of the compulsory give way box at certain bus-stop; where most of the time the buses doesn't give way regardless of the box. Used to see a few accidents where some lousy drivers suddenly jam brake before the box causing the bike or the cars to bang into them.
4) Too many taxis on the roads nowadays. Should restrict the quotas on the taxis instead. And no words to describe the way they drove.

Above are just few examples to highlight.
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