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  1. The interest in new off-peak cars has practically disappeared as a result of sky-high Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums in recent months, with industry analysts predicting that recently-implemented car loan curbs may further dampen demand. Only eight new red-plated cars were registered last month, as compared to 96 registered in the same period two years ago. Figures from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) also showed that the number of normal cars converted to off-peak cars under the revised scheme fell to 761 in the past financial year, compared to the 1,361 cars that were converted between April 2010 and March 2011. Between April 2011 and March 2012, 857 normal car owners switched their rides to red plates. The proportion of red-plated cars has also shrunk in recent years. They now constitute about 7.3 per cent of cars here, as compared to a peak of 8.4 per cent in 2010. Then, there were 50,040 off-peak cars, as their numbers rose steadily between 2003 and 2010. The off-peak car scheme was introduced in 1994 to allow more people to own cars but not contribute to peak-hour congestion. Buyers paid lower taxes for such cars, but they could be driven only during evenings, weekends and public holidays. The scheme was revised in 2010 to make it more attractive for people to switch to these red-plated cars, with cash rebates given earlier and the vehicles allowed to be driven during all hours on Saturday and the eve of five public holidays. The LTA had previously envisioned that the enhanced off-peak car scheme could eventually lead to about 10 to 15 per cent of red-plated cars here, which it believed could reduce peak-hour traffic volume. Motor traders TODAY spoke to said that demand for off-peak cars usually wanes when car prices are high, as the S$17,000 tax savings would constitute a smaller percentage of the total car price. Said Singapore Vehicle Traders Association President Neo Tiam Ting: "The rebate is the same no matter what the car prices are. So, for example, a few years back in 2009, when car prices were about S$50,000, the rebates will take up a higher percentage as compared to now, when car prices are about S$100,000." Mr Ron Lim, General Manager of Nissan agent Tan Chong Motor, felt that the recently-enforced curbs on car loans will be a "further deterrent" for budget buyers who previously turned to off-peak cars. During the Ministry of Transport's Committee of Supply debate last month, Member of Parliament Lim Biow Chuan had suggested doing more to promote red-plated cars as an option for consumers who wished to fulfil their aspirations but may not need to drive every day. Contacted yesterday, Mr Lim suggested the authorities could consider giving a bigger tax rebate so that potential car owners can see the benefits of owning an off-peak car. SIM University's Head of Urban Transport Management programme Park Byung Joon suggested that the weekday timing restrictions on off-peak cars could be tweaked to make the scheme more attractive. Pointing out that that roads get congested mostly during the two peak hour time belts of 7am to 10am and 5pm and 8pm, Dr Park suggested that red-plate drivers could be allowed to drive any time outside of these 6-hour timeslots. Responding to TODAY's queries, the LTA said that "there are no plans to change the benefit structure (of the scheme) at this point of time". "The OPC (Off-Peak Car) scheme is an ownership scheme which allows motorists to own cars at lower cost, if they are prepared to use it sparingly," the LTA spokesperson added. "The tax benefits and usage conditions of the OPC are set upfront so that car buyers and owners can assess, based on their own travel patterns, whether or not an OPC would be able to meet their needs." Source: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/numbe...dives-coes-rise
  2. The retail mall will be managed by CapitLand. Nett rental return paid by Oxley. Is it worth to consider? https://www.viplaunch.sg/the-peak-shoppes-cambodia
  3. Where to check the charges and hours that are considered peak?
  4. I drive a honda ridgeline pickup truck and my wife drive a honda civic. I've been looking for a decent jumpstarter that would be powerful enough for both of our vehicles. Rather then having 2 various models it just seemed easier to get two identical units. After reading reviews on several various jump-starters I opted for this model. Now the most negative thing I could find about this thing was it lacked a flat charger so you couldn't leave it plugged in. For me that's not even a factor, after all I bought this to charge it and then put it in the trunk of my wifes car and in the cargo area of my truck. I don't intend on leaving this plugged in. So if you plan on using this HOW IT IS DESIGNED then you too don't even need to worry about the lack of a float charger. That being said, the unit itself is a bit heavy, imagine picking up really big battery, that's essentially what this is. It has some weight to it. The jumpstarter itself also features an interesting little light that pivots as well as an air compressor. I've heard/read back reviews on the air compressor, for me it's not why I bought it. But initial checks it looks like it works fine and even has somewhere to store the air hose which is really nice. The one negative I have on this thing is the power switch for the air compressor is on the back and is not protected. In other words it could in theory be flipped on and drain the battery. So when you need to jump your car the starter would be dead. I wish they put a cover or moved the switch but honestly it would take a perfect mistake for that to get turned on so it's really not that critical. To prevent this from potentially happening I actually went down to Target and bought 2 milk crates,one for me and one for my wife. I put a jump starter, first aid kit, oil, etc in the crate so it's essentially the roadside emergency crate and also protects the jumpstarter from getting knocked around and/or turned on. Overall I spent $140 total on 2 of these and I'm really happy with the quality. They charge overnight easily, the indicator lights show you the charge remaining on the battery and it has power ports for 12volt and USB which is an added bonus. If you need a jumpstarter I would definitely consider this one.
  5. Dear All , I would like to compile a database to capture peak hours of Tuas and Woodland Checkpoint . This can help us to plan our journey ahead and save travel time , all inputs are welcome : WoodLand Checkpoint Traffic Peak Hours ------------- -WeekDays From a to b , From c to d -Weekend From a to b , From c to d Tuas Checkpoint Traffic Peak Hours ------------- -WeekDays From a to b , From c to d -Weekend From a to b , From c to d Thanks .
  6. Dear members, I have been looking around at Off Peak Cars but am somewhat confused by the Paper Value calculations for such cars, be it new or pre-owned. Hence I am hoping for some advice. For a new off peak car, and assuming the following: COE = 30k OMV = 14k Am I right in saying that the Paper Value at around Year 5 is: COE = (30k less 17k)*(5/10) Parf Rebate = 75% of 14k add both to get paper value of 17k? For a pre-owned off peak car, assuming: COE = fully deducted OMV = 14k Min Parf Benefit = 6k Paper value around Year 5 after its first registration is: (6k/50)*75 = ~9k I hope my example is not too confusing. Taking in all advice! Thanks and have a good night!
  7. Grindcore888

    SGL4017E Toyota Altis [Off-Peak]

    reported to traffic polis 16-nov-2012
  8. Construction work for the Downtown Line's King Albert Park MRT station. Bukit Timah residents face the worst drive to and from work in the city centre, a survey has found. Bukit Timah residents face the worst drive to and from work in the city centre, a survey has found. Drivers who leave for work between 7am and 9am spend an average of 35 minutes on congested roads, double the time it takes when the roads are clear. "It's exactly true, it's really really congested," said Bukit Timah resident Marlene Teo, 36, a dentist. "I work in town so I have to leave earlier for work and try to come back early around 6pm to beat the traffic." Residents like her blame the slow drive on extensive construction work and a concentration of schools in the area. TomTom, the world's leading provider of in-car location and navigation products and services, today released its second study on travel times to and from 15 Singapore suburbs during peak-hour traffic. Bukit Timah topped the charts as the overall worst suburb for the peak-hour commute, replacing Clementi and Tampines, which took "line honors" for both morning and afternoon peak-hour commutes, in TomTom's first study two years ago. In a comparison of peak and off-peak travel times, Bukit Timah recorded a 111 per cent increase in travel times in the mornings and a 97 per cent increase in evening travel times*. In the latest study this year, Clementi featured as the 2nd worst suburb for the morning commute, with a 97 per cent increase in travel time during peak-hours compared to free flow traffic, extending its position as one of Singapore's most congested suburbs during peak-hour since the pioneer study was published in 2010. It was ranked as the 3rd worst suburb for evening commute with a 93 per cent increase in travel time. Two years ago, Tampines ranked the worst for morning commute, but has improved this year to rank 10th worst for morning commute. The eastern suburb, previously ranked the best for evening commute, has now been relegated to the 6th worst for evening commute in the latest study. The drop in ranking for evening commute could be due to a variety of factors such as changing driving patterns and road developments in the area. Map: http://media.straitstimes.com/bukit-timah/bukittimah.html Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/35-minutes-peak-time-drive-city-worst-bukit-timah-survey-20131012
  9. The number of off-peak car (OPC) offences soared to a new high last year even as the population of red-plate cars continues to dwindle. According to the Land Transport Authority (LTA), there were about 23,160 offences last year, nearly twice the number in 2011 and about 19 times more than in 2009. An LTA spokesman attributed the spike to a more effective enforcement regime under the e-Day licence system, introduced in November 2009. Previously, OPC owners had to buy a paper permit and display it on the car's windscreen before driving. Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/...w-high-20130714 ----------------------------------- lesser OPC on the road..but 19 times more offences! this is uniquely Sinkapor
  10. RadX

    Peak and Non Peak

    your title can be read wrongly as peak fertility and non peak fertility cycle too. will merge this thread with the main early mrt rides thread
  11. Firefly968

    Serial off peak car offender

    She damn power, 33 charges and the last one is "a) 2 charges under Section 29(1) Road Traffic Act of causing an off-peak car SJD7408Y to be used without valid vehicle licence; b) 30 charges of using the off-peak car SJD7408Y without a valid e-day licence under Section 11A(3) Road Traffic Act and c) 1 charge of removing the off-peak car SJD7408Y without approval from the LTA pound under section 95(6) Road Traffic Act." Full report
  12. Restaurant Andre in Bukit Pasoh has clinched top honours at this year's G Restaurant Awards, put out by high- society magazine The Peak. The nouvelle French restaurant was named Restaurant Of The Year 2013. The win comes soon after its recent 38th placing on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list, announced in London two weeks ago. It is the only restaurant here in the top 50 this year. Chef-restaurateur Andre Chiang, 37, of Restaurant Andre, says: "The award gives us great recognition. To win an international award is one thing but to know that locally, people appreciate what we do, is also important because we have a lot of loyal local guests who dine here. We need that balance." Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/...staurants-20130
  13. Nlatio

    Re: Twin Peak at Cannes!!!

    Twin Peak at Cannes..... http://sg.entertainment.yahoo.com/photos/6...1405722061.html
  14. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21040313 Helicopter crashed after hitting a high rise crane. Terrorism ruled out but crash site is very near the MI6 building and where the new US embassy is being built. Authorities are unable to confirm the number of casualties so far.
  15. $1400 psf minimum ... although psf varies by sizes, just a simple straightline computation for easy reference 750sqft = $1.05M 900sqft = $1.26M 1000sqft = $1.4M no $1M don't go to any showroom next year time to whack now ... huat ah!!!
  16. Hi, Lately, have observed that we have many lorries & trucks plying the highways epecially during peak hours (both morning & evening timing), where some of these truckes are zooming in & out of lanes dangerously... Maybe it is time for us to consider measure(s) like other countries?...where big trucks / lorries can only go onto highway during off-peak hours? Believe this can help to reduce traffic conjestions / accidents.
  17. Thaiyotakamli

    MCF On & Off Peak Hour

    As usual, MCF is also like business such as restaurants whereby they have peak and non peak hour. Wad do u think the peak hour of MCF bros??? I feel at this time and at night about 8-10pm very crowd with posts
  18. Works to widen a busy stretch of Braddell Road, between Toa Payoh North Flyover and Braddell Flyover, will begin in the third quarter of this year, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA). When completed by end 2015, the road will be expanded from its current dual-three lanes to a dual-five lane carriageway, which is expected to alleviate the traffic congestion that the stretch currently experiences. As part of the road widening project, the LTA will also be constructing a new single lane flyover to allow vehicles that are turning to the right from Toa Payoh to connect directly with the Braddell Underpass as they head towards Paya Lebar. The junctions of Lorong 1 to Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, and Lorong 1 to Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, will also be improved. "When completed, the road widening project will help to alleviate heavy traffic conditions currently experienced along Braddell Road during the peak hours and meet anticipated increase in traffic demand," said an LTA spokesperson. Residents in the area can also expect two new pedestrian bridges across Braddell Road. Necessary noise mitigation measures will also be in place for this widening project, both during and after construction, assured the LTA. Bishan resident James Martin, who is in his 20s and uses Braddell Road regularly to get home, would often be stuck in traffic congestion along the stretch during evening peak hours. "If the project helps to resolve jams, it will be great," he said. Source: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC12...-peak-hour-jams & http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/S...ory_788320.html
  19. http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest+News/S...111-321097.html so wtf are they trying to do? encourage ppl to leave work early so that thery can avoid the jam? TRAIN commuters who travel during peak morning periods could get more monetary rewards if they change their travel times to off-peak periods. These rewards, that can come in the form of stored value, are redeemable using credits which commuters earn when they use their ez-link cards to travel during non-peak commutes. This is part of a research study conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Stanford University and supported by the Land Transport Authority (LTA). The six-month project aims to encourage off-peak commutes to reduce overcrowding on trains, and to study the effect of monetary incentives on passenger travel behaviour. Commuters who participate in the project can earn one credit point for every kilometre travelled during the peak-hour period between 7.30am and 8.30am. For non-peak hours between 6.30am and 7.30am, and 8.30am and 9.30am, they will get three credits per kilometre. Additionally, pre-selected "boost days" will allow commuters to get five credits for off-peak morning commutes. These credits can be exchanged for cash value in their ez-link cards on a monthly basis through AXS machines. Every 100 credits, or 100 kilometres travelled, will translate to $1. Alternatively, commuters can try to get more cash value for their cards by using their credits to play an online mini-game. Researchers behind the project aim to enlist the help of 20,000 people for the $450,000 project. During a media briefing at NUS yesterday, Professor Balaji Prabhakar from Stanford University said that a shift of 10 per cent in the number of commuters who travel during peak periods will "lead to a sizeable reduction" of passengers on board trains. Drawing from previous studies in India and the United States where similar incentivised approaches yielded positive results, Prof Balaji said: "We believe incentives are effective in changing the actions that people take on an everyday basis." Currently, SMRT has a discount scheme that offers passengers a rebate of up to 30 cents on their fares if they travel before 7.45am and exit at stations in the city. It was launched in October last year. LTA, which pumped $263,000 into the project, said such initiatives would allow better evaluation of incentive programmes and their effectiveness in easing the travel crunch on the rail network here. Its group director for corporate planning and research, Mr Lew Yii Der, said: "Travel-demand management is an area LTA has been actively exploring as it encourages more optimal use of public-transport capacity." Commuters my paper spoke to welcomed the initiative, saying it is a good way to ease the overcrowding on trains. Undergraduate Bruce Lim, 24, explained: "You are technically paying people just to adjust their trips slightly. "I think it's a good idea; hopefully, people will make the effort to make a change."
  20. last week one of my colleague who drive red-plated car during conversation actually boast that he never pay $20 for driving during peak hours, he then list out the few points he say will ensure you never get caught driving during peak hours. 1) never drive past ERP gantry 2) never drive on any expressway 3) never park in any ERP payment carpark. 4) make sure the trip is less than 15 minutes. 5) if notice got TP following your car, immediately drive in the direction of the nearest hospital, if kanna stop, quickly tell TP got family member in hospital and rushing there. 6) the latest rule whereby you can pay within 24hrs mean he will never pay unless he got stopped by TP. knn, why got people so naive, but..........he have been doing this for many years liao, still safe.
  21. Stomp It's peak hour yet inconsiderate driver takes up 2 parking lots at Giant Tampines
  22. SINGAPORE - The SMRT will triple its travel discount scheme to 30 cents from Oct 8 in an effort to entice commuters to travel earlier and ease congestion on the trains during morning peak hours. The discount will also be extended by another 15 minutes to 7.45am. The SMRT now offers a 10-cent discount to adults and senior citizens entering from stations along the North-South and East-West lines outside the city area and exiting at nine selected stations within the city area before 7.30am from Monday to Saturday. The nine stations are Bugis, City Hall, Dhoby Ghaut, Lavender, Orchard, Outram Park, Raffles Place, Somerset and Tanjong Pagar. The SMRT will also conduct joint trials with the Land Transport Authority on demand management measures to incentivise commuters to shift their travel times away from peak periods. More details on this initiative will be announced when ready. The SMRT has set aside S$5 million for the two demand management schemes. When asked why SBS Transit is not introducing similar demand management measures, Public Transport Council chairman Gerard Ee said that SBS Transit - which predominantly runs buses - is "having a tough time". Last year, the company's Return on Total Assets (ROTA), an indicator of profitability, fell 1.5 per cent to stand at 7.8 per cent. The SMRT, meanwhile, had a higher ROTA of 11.2 per cent last year, even though it also saw a 0.8 per cent decrease from a year before. With the authorities planning to ramp up bus services and tighten the quality of service standards, Mr Ee said: "I would worry taking S$5 million from the buses. I can only see the costs going up." Commuters that Today spoke to appeared mixed in their responses to SMRT's discount scheme. Accounts executive Jeremy Wu, who travels from his Tampines home to the city for work, said: "The discount is not a lot. I would rather take my time to get ready for work." But clerk Chin Pei Pei welcomed the extension in the timing as she starts work at 8am: "(It) could go some way to offsetting my transport costs." Mr Ee acknowledged that the 15-minute extension "may not sound a lot", but is confident "a lot of people will take advantage" of the discount scheme. By saving 30 cents a day, commuters could give themselves a nice breakfast treat once a week, Mr Ee quipped. LEONG WEE KEAT ---I just felt that the public transport service should be catering to the needs of people travelling During Peak hours? Usually people who travel on trains during the peak hours do so for necessity, like reporting to work... If cannot travel using public transport during peak hours, considering the fact that you will also be heavily charged for driving during peak hours, I guess the only other option is to walk or cycle to work!