The Singapore Car Conundrum
I find it very amusing when locals complain about the costs of owning a car.
The fantastic government cashflow machine that is the COE and ERP.
I've yet to own a car, and I plan to do so in the future, but let me get this straight:
1. The COE is not meant to encourage us to get a car, but to discourage it. So, if we're complaining about car ownership and its high prices, it's doing its job.
2. If the government wants us to own cars, why is there the need for COE and the other taxes to make car ownership expensive in the first place?
3. Part of the reason why buses are late is because of traffic. And what causes traffic jams? Too many cars? So clever!
4. Have you noticed the jams lately? Why should the jams be encouraged by making it easier for us to own cars?
Then you have the morons who wants to vote for a political party that will lower the costs of vehicle ownership. Guess who will they blame when the roads become even more congested than it already is?
I'm not saying that we should keep our opinions to ourselves. By all means, spread the word and have your say, but don't be stupid about it.