Motorists still divided over ERP's success as it turns 20

There were some 30 gantries in the first two years after ERP was introduced 20 years ago, with peak charges for cars set at $2. Today, there are close to 80 gantries, with car charges peaking at $6.
There were some 30 gantries in the first two years after ERP was introduced 20 years ago, with peak charges for cars set at $2. Today, there are close to 80 gantries, with car charges peaking at $6.ST FILE PHOTO

Most polled say it influences their travel patterns, but many remain sceptical over its effectiveness

Motorist Lim Quan An used to take the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway to get from his home in Loyang to work in Alexandra. But since ERP gantries on the KPE were turned on last April, the 34-year-old compliance specialist has switched to using the East Coast Parkway.

"Traffic is moderate. And I time myself to pass the Keppel exit after 9am," he said, referring to the only Electronic Road Pricing gantry along the route which he passes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2018, with the headline 'Motorists still divided over ERP's success as it turns 20'. Print Edition | Subscribe