High car prices may spur owners to drive more, not less

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Traffic congestion is blighting cities across the world. Monster jams hampering today's metropolises are frustrating drivers, increasing fuel consumption and emissions, and creating a drag on economic growth. Tackling traffic congestion is a major challenge for governments worldwide and Singapore is no exception.

Among other measures, the Singapore Government has made car ownership costly and kept alternatives affordable and efficient to keep cars off the roads. But does this approach work in creating a "car-lite" society and avoiding gridlock in the rush hour?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2019, with the headline High car prices may spur owners to drive more, not less. Subscribe