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.