Yes, there has been many complaints about congested roads, frustrating traffic jams and the govt is very concerned with the whole situation. The govt has heard your feedback and feels strongly it needs to respond to your concern. ...and the solution to the traffic jam is..... Higher ERP charges! While the govt of other countries have to solve their traffic jams by spending money to build highways & widen roads to increase road capacity, the Singapore govt solves traffic jams by asking Singaporeans to pay more for using roads.
.....Those who want to avoid paying $5 should wake up earlier. The charge for going through this gantry between 7.30am and 8am is $3.50 (also up 50 cents)......
Those who want to avoid paying for ERP have to do with less sleep and get to work earlier....and if you want to save even more money, you leave your workplace later and avoid the evening peak hour.
Those who have been complaining, you can stop now, the solution is for you to pay more and the traffic jams will ease....so will the complaints. You should be glad that the govt has made you part of the solution. For those of you who take public transport and are not part of the problem, you get to be part of the solution too, you also get to pay more as bus & taxi fares go up. See we are an inclusive society so nobody should feel left out when it comes to price increases.
Oct 29, 2007
Maximum ERP charge goes up to $5 from Nov 5
Third round of increases - by 50 cents - this year comes on the back of higher fuel charges.
By Christopher Tan
CAR prices may be at their lowest in over a decade, but it is getting costly to drive. The Land Transport Authority on Monday announced that the Electronic Road-Pricing (ERP) rates will go up by 50 cents from Nov 5 - the third big-scale increase this year.
The latest adjustment brings the cost of entering the Central Expressway via the Pan-Island Expressway between 8.30am and 9am to a stiff $5. This route made news early this year when its ERP charge went up to $4. It was then raised to $4.50 in the middle of the year, before the latest record price.
Those who want to avoid paying $5 should wake up earlier. The charge for going through this gantry between 7.30am and 8am is $3.50 (also up 50 cents).
Central Expressway users once again bear the brunt of charges. Those passing the gantry north
of Braddell Road between 7.30am and 8am will pay $2.50 from Nov 5; and those passing the gantry south of Braddell Road between 8.30am and 9am will pay $4 from that day. The $4 charge also applies to those joining the CTE from Serangoon and from Balestier.
Next, the Bendemeer Road rate will rise to $1.50, while the Thomson Road rate will go to $2 from Nov 5.
Motorists will have to contend with these higher usage charges on the back of higher fuel bills. Since June, there has been no fewer than six rounds of pump price increase, bringing the cost of two petrol grades past the $2 level.
Motorists who have been bracing themselves for the set of new gantries coming on on Nov 1 will now have temporary respite. The LTA has decided to postpone the starting day to Nov 5, to align with the new ERP rates.
The next ERP rate revision will be in November, when prices are expected to fall in line with lighter traffic because of the year-end school holidays.