The Government has a formidable task to convince more people in Singapore to give up their cars (More can be done in move towards car-lite society, by Mr Sammi Soh Sin; Nov 6).
Many motorists are still loath to give up their set of wheels for reasons that go beyond reliability and convenience.
The enormous cost of buying and maintaining a private vehicle has forced only marginal car owners to give up driving.
Car owners are reluctant to part with something that has become an extension of themselves, and not merely a means of transport.
A car is more than a possession. It conveys a person's sense of self, which reflects who he is and his aspirations. For many people, conspicuous consumption may boost their sense of identity and also project a certain standing as well as importance.
In land-scarce Singapore, car ownership can become a status symbol.
Car owners may perceive themselves as being of a higher social status owing to their expensive possessions.
Based on current prices, we are rapidly approaching the day when only the top earners will be able to possess a set of wheels.
This will, in fact, make car ownership even more attractive to those who can afford it.
Edmund Khoo Kim Hock