I do not own a car so carpooling accounts for most of my travel using private vehicles.
Singapore has a high density of cars and roads - there is always someone going somewhere. With the advent of Global Positioning System and telecommunication technology to enable efficient ride-matching, carpooling is now extremely viable.
Yet during the rush hour, I commonly observe most cars being occupied by only their drivers.
The benefits of carpooling are manifold - it reduces road congestion, offers commuters more travel options, saves costs for both passengers and driver, and is environmentally-friendly. It can promote social graciousness and social responsibility, and teach one how to be considerate.
I applaud the new licensing framework for carpooling to enhance its safety and reliability, but I hope it will not curtail carpooling (Large carpooling ops to come under licensing framework, Aug 7).
Perhaps the authorities can even consider creating a national carpooling app.
Roger Teo Chee Yih (Dr)