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Making transport socially equitable

This story was first published in The Straits Times on May 30, 2013

Published on Jun 1, 2013 5:30 AM
People checking out cars at the Toyota showroom. Buyers of premium makes can bid more for a COE than those who can afford only mass-market models from the likes of Toyota, Honda and Hyundai. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

THE concept of fairness in the land transport arena has come under intense scrutiny recently.

There has been debate on whether there should be an element of social equity in the vehicle quota system - in which potential car owners bid for a certificate of entitlement (COE) to own a car.

Not too long ago, a state-funded $1.1 billion plan to subsidise bus commuters caused a small furore when it was seen as an indirect - and unfair - subsidy for transport companies.

The biggest controversy surrounds Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew's proposal for a surcharge on folks who buy more than one car.

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