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Tens of thousands will have to give up car as zero-growth policy kicks in

Attached Image From next February, motorists will have to contend with zero-growth allowance in the vehicle quota system. The move to lower the allowable annual growth rate from 0.25 percent currently to zero reversed what former Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew had previously pronounced.
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Private car numbers fall to eight-year low

By Faiming_low on 26 Jan 2017 in ST Opinion

Attached Image Singapore's vehicle population, led by cars, has shrunk for the third consecutive year.


Tomorrow's world is already here - in Japan

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Housewife Mayumi Hareguchi, 38, lives with her husband and six-year-old son in Shioashiya, Japan's Hyogo Prefecture. Sandwiched between the picturesque Mount Rokko and Osaka Bay, her neighbourhood looks quintessentially Japanese, with one added feature - a sea of rooftop solar panels.

Inside, her home is kitted out with smart technologies, including a lithium-ion battery that stores solar power, a fuel cell in the backyard that generates electricity and heat for immediate consumption, and a smart home energy management system (HEMS) that displays on the television screen the family's energy generation and consumption at any given time.
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S'pore, aim to be first tropical cycling city

By ST_Opinion on 20 Aug 2015 in ST Opinion

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Last weekend, as I dusted off my bicycle from the basement of my apartment block and took my first ride in years to the neighbourhood mall and back, the English rock band Queen's song "Bicycle Race" popped into my head.

The catchy chorus goes: "I want to ride my bicycle / I want to ride my bike / I want to ride my bicycle / I want to ride it where I like".
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The politics and costs of high-speed rail project

Attached Image HERE’S a note of caution about highspeed rail (HSR) projects.
The one planned for Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and estimated to cost $14.9 billion, has been hailed by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong as a “game-changer”. The two prime ministers gave the green light to South-east Asia’s first HSR project two years ago. Once operational, the 300kmh train service will significantly reduce travelling time between the two capitals to 90 minutes, shorter than that of even low-cost air carriers.
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New bus model raises hopes for better service

Attached Image THERE was a public uproar last year when former Public Transport Council chairman Gerard Ee said in an interview with The Straits Times that if commuters wanted better service, they should just pay for it.
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Analysing train breakdowns, line by line

Attached Image WHEN the relatively new car you drive keeps breaking down, you can look to only two possible reasons. One, you have not been maintaining it well; two, it was not made well.
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Do more to smoothen COE supply

Attached Image LATEST figures from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) show that the private car population is at its lowest level since 2011, falling to 598,219 as at the end of January.
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Ask not if it's a good time to buy a car

By ST_Opinion on 08 Mar 2015 in ST Opinion

Attached Image Is it a good time to buy a car?
I get that question a lot but, in recent months, it has almost become a de facto greeting. Instead of "hello", "how are you?" or "it's a hot day, isn't it?", I get: "Is it a good time to buy a car?"
I will try my best to answer the question which has obviously been keeping many Singaporeans awake at night.
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New green policies good but bring back diesel duty at pumps too

Attached Image There are few better ways to motivate people to go green than through the colour of money.
Thus, the higher petrol duty and tightened Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS) are, in principle, effective environmental policies.
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Pot of gold at the end of the rail line?

Attached Image IMAGINE a mode of transport that almost halves the current fastest door-to- door travel time between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
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Perception v reality in public transport fare hike

Attached Image HOW will the latest public transport fare revision affect you?
The Public Transport Council (PTC) yesterday said it had decided on an overall fare increase of 2.8 per cent. But fares for more than 1.1 million commuters won't change, as fares were frozen for senior citizens and concession pass holders.
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Punch to Park

By SGCM_editorial on 24 Dec 2014 in Uncategorized, ST Opinion

Attached Image Local motorists had to get used to “policing” themselves 33 years ago when the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) instituted the coupon parking system. It required drivers to estimate how long they would be parked and display enough coupons for the duration.
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Do the right thing

By SGCM_editorial on 23 Dec 2014 in Motoring, ST Opinion

Attached Image Those who held high hopes of a meaningful change to the car ownership landscape, when the Government announced six months ago that it was looking to make the COE system fairer, have the right to be disappointed. After months of deliberation and public consultation, the only change introduced (with effect from February 2014) was a power cap for Category A.
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Car-sharing does not reduce road use

Attached Image How would an electric car- sharing scheme further our ambition to be "car-lite"? In short, it does not.
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A car-lite Singapore: How to get there?

Attached Image A new sustainable blueprint to guide Singapore's development over the next 15 years was launched earlier this month, to create a better home, a better environment and a better future. That better future, however, includes curtailing the dream of many Singaporeans - owning a car.
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As taxi apps do battle, commuters win

By ST_Opinion on 10 Dec 2014 in ST Opinion

Attached Image Singapore is embroiled in a raging taxi app war as taxi apps providers here - at least six and counting - race to slash charges, offer rebates and dangle incentives to woo commuters and drivers alike, while global investors fervently pump money into their chosen apps to grab more market share in this burgeoning space. (see infographic)
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Big Idea No. 10: Downsize the PIE

By ST_Opinion on 12 Nov 2014 in Discussions, ST Opinion

Attached Image MY BIG Idea No. 10 in this series of essays on Singapore's future is easy to remember but hard to implement: "Downsize the PIE."
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Taxi apps: Boon or bane?

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The way investors are falling over themselves to put hundreds of millions into taxi apps, you would think they had found a cure for cancer.
In just a little over three years, more than a dozen of these companies promising to find you a ride when you need one have sprouted across the globe, sucking billions in venture capital and grabbing headlines everywhere.
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The case for more taxis

By ST_Opinion on 08 Nov 2014 in Discussions, ST Opinion

Attached Image THE Land Transport Authority (LTA) recently announced it would lower the annual vehicle growth rate from the current 0.5 per cent to 0.25 per cent from February next year to January 2018.
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