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ERP revised. Yay or nay?

By BenCee on 01 Nov 2011

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The Land Transport Authority (LTA) recently announced some good news with regards to Electronic Road Pricing rates recently.

Firstly, the much derided night time ERP on the Northbound CTE has been abolished. From now on, the ERP gantry on the Northbound CTE before the Pan Island Expressway will operate until 8pm, like every other ERP gantry, instead of the ridiculous 10.30pm.

And now, there is joy for those who take the same expressway Southbound towards town in the morning, as the LTA has announced reduced rates for the gantry before Braddell Road in the morning, going down from $2 to $1 between 8 and 9am.

But is this really good news?

On the surface, yes it is. I mean, any breaks that drivers get when it comes to cutting down driving costs has to be savoured and cherished, because they don't exactly come often.

But there has been doubts raised already with regards to the reduction in ERP rates, especially in the evening.

Some people forsee a return to congestion during that time, as motorists flood the CTE once again once the gantry has been turned off after 8pm.

But others argue that it is their perogative as to whether they want to be stuck in a jam when going home anyway.

Personally, it doesn't affect me directly as I don't travel on that particular route often, but I think it's yet another example of the Government's indecisiveness when it comes to traffic control.

It appears that Singapore wants to go back to the days where cars are prohibitively expensive, but usage costs are reduced.

Whether this will actually work to reduce congestion remains to be seen, especially with our island's population now nearly reaching double of what it was during the last time this happened (namely the 1990s).

But it's certainly going to be interesting to see how the Government deals with Singapore's transport problems in the next few years ahead.

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Dwee Nov 01 2011 10:44 AM
It is still doesn't make sense to me. If drivers don't mind to be stuck in the jam when using the expressway , and our dear Prime Minister has also mention that he is hearing what the drivers concern and is the drivers option to use and stuck in the jam , than why don't abolished the whole ERP system where doesn't serve it's main objective of easing the traffic. Unless there is an hidden agenda.
By paying less I will get jam , by not not paying a single cent I will still get jam , than why pay ? ? ?
Jerrcik Nov 01 2011 06:22 PM
U dun pay, who pay our minister monster salary and bouns? Hidden agenda? Of course......then who pay our minister monster salary and bonus? U think the government care about its citizens....lanjiao PAP want to suck my life and money away using scheming legitimate methods.

ERP fails on its purpose. Yet they still continue on the scheme....why? if not, then who pay our minister monster salary and bonus?
Unidentified Nov 01 2011 06:57 PM
wow,really double whammy.drive car jam take public transport also packed like sardine and have to see 2 or 3 trains whizzed past before can finally SQUEEZE in.
world class transportation and they have the audacity to charge both motorists and commuters such high rates.
Expertz Nov 01 2011 07:31 PM
with google maps traffic view, gps offering life traffic updates and personal experience, i think that people can choose whether or not to be stuck in a jam so the govt should let the people decide rather than to impose ERP
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