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Singapore ‘open to’ idea of one-off rise in vehicle population, with higher usage-based charges: Chee

SINGAPORE is open to reviewing the idea of a one-off increase in its vehicle population, spread over a few years and accompanied by higher vehicle-usage charges to prevent congestion, said Transport Minister Chee Hong Tat on Tuesday (Mar 5).

But the trade-offs “are not straightforward, and need to be studied carefully before a decision is made”, he added during the debate in Parliament on his ministry’s budget.

Member of Parliament Saktiandi Supaat had asked if distance-based charging could allow Singapore to increase the total vehicle population while still achieving its car-lite vision.

Chee said his ministry was “open to reviewing the idea” of a one-off increase with higher charges. These usage-based charges could include location and time-based fees – as with the existing Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system – or distance-based charging, where road users pay depending on how far they travel.

“However, it is not feasible to (rely only) on usage-based charges to prevent traffic congestion, as these would have to be set at very high rates, which might not be acceptable to many car owners,” he said.

Singapore would still need other ownership controls and measures such as parking charges, he added.

He also noted that taxi, private-hire car and delivery drivers would face higher usage-based fees as they travel longer distances. “We will need to examine the impact on these groups, though usage-based charging is, in principle, a fair approach,” he said.

The Land Transport Authority began the roll-out of the new ERP 2.0 system’s On-Board units last November. These units are equipped with satellite-based technology that can support distance-based charging, though the statutory board said at the time that there were “no immediate plans” to transition away from the current system.

https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/companies-markets/transport-logistics/singapore-open-to-idea-of-one-off-rise-in-vehicle-population-with-higher-usage-based-charges-chee

hmmm ... 

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As I expected, ascension  of new emperor got goodies come. 🤣

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increase in car population is one time.

increase in car usage charges is not one time.

chicken wing ah, chicken wing ... :D
 

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On 3/5/2024 at 7:23 PM, Benarsenal said:

It sounds like they don't know what they want.

Money bro money

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2 channels to receive $$$, COE and usage.... huat arh. We need more money for F35A, B. 

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On 3/5/2024 at 7:13 PM, Mkl22 said:

As I expected, ascension  of new emperor got goodies come. 🤣

Question is can he last until goodies handed out? Don't forget his office is sibey la sup you know. [:p][laugh][laugh]

 

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receive multi million pay cheque but kept pushing citizens for ideas :want:

 

 

best job on earth :grin:

 

 

maybe they are pro doing entertainment or raiding reserve only :nosepick: 

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On 3/5/2024 at 8:16 PM, Tianmo said:

Question is can he last until goodies handed out? Don't forget his office is sibey la sup you know. [:p][laugh][laugh]

 

Only 3 ministers that get out unscathed 

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On 3/5/2024 at 8:06 PM, jcmm said:

2 channels to receive $$$, COE and usage.... huat arh. We need more money for F35A, B. 

That’s peanuts as compared to GST😁

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These ideas are not new and they were mulling over it for years, it is going to be an unpopular opinion but if you really want to tax, you should be taxing those who use the car less higher. 

Can consider setting up a tiered system where the first XXKM of usage is 50% higher than base, lower the tax down each bracket then give a discount for the higher usage tiers.

That way people still pay based on distance but at least the cars are put to good use, if you want to go car lite, you should be looking at less cars but heavier usage.

It disadvantages the folks who have multiple cars and drive them very little, anyways they can well afford it. Why do you want to burden those workhorses who are ferrying the less well off more, and the cost goes to them. 

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On 3/5/2024 at 8:45 PM, Unltd said:

These ideas are not new and they were mulling over it for years, it is going to be an unpopular opinion but if you really want to tax, you should be taxing those who use the car less higher. 

Can consider setting up a tiered system where the first XXKM of usage is 50% higher than base, lower the tax down each bracket then give a discount for the higher usage tiers.

That way people still pay based on distance but at least the cars are put to good use, if you want to go car lite, you should be looking at less cars but heavier usage.

It disadvantages the folks who have multiple cars and drive them very little, anyways they can well afford it. Why do you want to burden those workhorses who are ferrying the less well off more, and the cost goes to them. 

That's not what they want though.

They actually prefer rich people to buy many cars park at home. Overall can squeeze more compared to many cheap cars on the road.

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On 3/5/2024 at 7:24 PM, Blueray said:

increase in car population is one time.

increase in car usage charges is not one time.

chicken wing ah, chicken wing ... :D
 

There'll be more severe jam and congestion but to me, I just scoot off to work earlier [laugh]

Actually for those that send their kids to school it's not an issue being early and beating the jam on expressways.

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Old or new...carlite or no carlite...no matter...so long it produces the same old good old sound of kaching...😁

More si hor ee...more kaching...more huat to the millionstars...😂

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On 3/5/2024 at 7:22 PM, ER-3682 said:

Will COE drop alot.?The Answer is NOPE.

A lot is subjective but 'drop' is likely and that's why the implied need to increase other indirect forms of tax e.g. usage tax thru erp, parking tax...

More cars also mean more petrol taxes for the govt, but soon we will see $10 erp or even $20 erp. Matter of time. 

If you want to save, don't drive.

If you want to drive, be a slave..

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On 3/5/2024 at 9:30 PM, Invigorated said:

A lot is subjective but 'drop' is likely and that's why the implied need to increase other indirect forms of tax e.g. usage tax thru erp, parking tax...

More cars also mean more petrol taxes for the govt, but soon we will see $10 erp or even $20 erp. Matter of time. 

If you want to save, don't drive.

If you want to drive, be a slave..

Ebikes, PMDs will be the solution! No ERP, no ARF, no COE, no parking charges, no fares, no rules, no worries! 

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