Benjamin Chiang is an enthusiast of good advertising, deep thinking, labour issues and chocolate. He writes at www.rangosteen.com. The views expressed are his own.
It takes a cold, cold heart to be able to appreciate vehicle policies in Singapore.
In pragmatic terms, the COE and ERP systems have been effective in preventing rocketing vehicle growth and kept traffic congestion in control. Yes, you won't agree but it's true.
If you discuss theories such as aggregate responses to demand elasticities, you can prove our roads are effectively managed.
Statistically speaking, it would not be wrong to say our roads are under utilised even. At present, roads occupy 12% of Singapore's land space -- I was told that this is almost maximum capacity.
Vehicle Quota is such an effective system that Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou have implemented versions of it (including auction and lottery) to control their roads with varying degrees of success.
But China has one luxury that we do not -- their leadersRead More »from COMMENT: Why the COE and ERP show no love for the common man