Singapore to cap number of cars allowed on roads from 2018
Traffic congestion is a major problem in just about every major urban center around the world, but some areas are worst than others.
We may think of traffic hotspots such as the M50 here is Dublin but Singapore is also one of those places that has a huge traffic problem.
So much so that the authorities in Singapore are determined to do something about it. The authorities there has announced that it will cut the annual growth rate of cars and motorcycles allowed on roads in the country from 0.25 percent to zero starting next February.
The zero growth rate is something that Singapore essentially has to do as it spans a smaller total area than New York City but amazingly, has given over 12 percent of its total land area to roads.
Singapore realise that here just is not enough land available for more road expansion. This new cap doesn’t apply to transport vehicles for goods and buses, which will be allowed to grow at 0.25 percent per year through at least 2021. It will also revisit the cap again for all vehicles in 2025.
Singapore isn’t alone when it comes to traffic gridlock. There are just too many cars on the road and too many demands on infrastructure as a result. The Singapore traffic situation is an example of what happens when traffic management reaches a crisis point and a good sample case to look to to see why there’s such a focus on mobility services and alternative transportation services particularly for dense urban environments.
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