More cars on the road, even as total number of vehicles falls

The passenger car population grew by 0.9 per cent to 551,575 last year despite fewer COEs.
The passenger car population grew by 0.9 per cent to 551,575 last year despite fewer COEs.PHOTO: ST FILE

This is despite smaller supply of COEs; taxi and private-hire car numbers down

The number of privately owned cars registered last year saw unusual growth despite a smaller supply of certificates of entitlement (COEs), and as Singapore's vehicle population shrank to a two-year low.

The latest figures released by the Land Transport Authority showed that the total vehicle population dipped by 0.5 per cent to 957,006, the lowest since 2016.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 05, 2019, with the headline 'More cars on the road, even as total number of vehicles falls'. Print Edition | Subscribe