Entice S'poreans with more efficient public transport

It seems that the experts think Singaporeans are not paying enough to own and use a car ("Want to go car-lite? 'Slam brakes on cheap, easy parking'"; Tuesday).

With the certificate of entitlement (COE) system, car prices are raised several times, causing Singaporeans to drive the most expensive cars in the world.

We also pay one of the highest petrol prices in the world, not to mention having to pay numerous Electronic Road Pricing tolls and parking fees.

The number of cars allowed on the road has been effectively controlled with COEs. Hence, I find it hard to understand why there is a need to control parking availability and make it more costly to park too.

My family has one car, which is usually used by my wife, and I commute on public transport.

I understand why people still gravitate to cars: the public transport system is not very efficient. Commuters often have to switch back and forth between LRT, MRT and buses. It is also very time-consuming, as a journey by public transport can take almost three times as long as one by car.

I suggest that the Government put more resources into studying and planning transport routes to minimise travel time. The completion of the MRT/LRT lines should also be hastened.

The supply side has to be such that no average Singaporean could refuse the option. This should be the way to go to make Singapore not only car-lite, but also a more liveable and lovable place for all.

Liew Yeng Chee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2016, with the headline 'Entice S'poreans with more efficient public transport'. Print Edition | Subscribe