The Straits Times
Published on Nov 12, 2012

Don't rely too much on usage charges to curb vehicle population


IN LAST Thursday's article ("One million vehicles on the road"), transport researcher Lee Der-Horng said: "If we can move towards the so-called 'usage-based' charging system, then it may not be necessary to tighten so much on ownership."

It may be fallacious to suggest that upon owning a vehicle, one would be dissuaded from using it solely because of higher usage charges.

Usage charges may be effective only as a second layer to reduce the vehicle population, provided car ownership is not as easy as it is now, with low monthly instalment payments.

The authorities should take concrete steps to reduce vehicle ownership and not over-rely on usage charges.

M. Lukshumayeh