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New Season Parking Scheme for Motorcyclists Introduced

Source: Channel NewsAsia

31 Dec 2014

New season parking scheme for motorcyclists introduced

The Housing and Development Board and Urban Redevelopment Authority on Wednesday (Dec 31) announced it would be introducing a Concessionary Season Parking Ticket for Motorcycles (CSPT), which kicks in on Jan 1, 2015.

At S$20 per month, the CSPT allows ticket holders to park at all HDB and URA car parks for the whole day. Motorcyclists with an existing HDB Season Parking Ticket have the option of topping up their existing ticket by S$3 and S$5 for surface and covered car parks, respectively, the joint HDB-URA press release stated.

To be eligible for the CSPT, motorcyclists must:

  • Be an HDB resident
  • Hold a valid HDB motorcycle Season Parking Ticket
  • Have a Singapore-registered motorcycle

To ensure residents' parking needs continue to be met, CSPT holders will only be allowed to park in the white lots of HDB car parks, which they are not registered in.

The CSPT can be purchased via HDB e-Services or at HDB Branches from the new year.

 
How a Satellite-Based ERP System Will Benefit Motorists: Transport Minister

Source: Channel NewsAsia

3 Nov 2014

How a satellite-based ERP system will benefit motorists: Transport Minister

The data collected by such a system - which will be aggregated and anonymised to help safeguard privacy - could help motorists plan their journeys to avoid congestion, said Mr Lui Tuck Yew, noting the limited lifespan of the current ERP gantry system.

A new road pricing system that relies on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology can help traffic management in many ways, said Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Monday (Nov 3), who told Parliament that it would not financially prudent to continue with the current Electronic Road Pricing gantry system in the long term.

GNSS technology allows for distance-based pricing along congested roads, thus making it more equitable for motorists, Mr Lui said. Under such a system, every vehicle becomes a sensor, which will allow the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to develop a more accurate picture of the traffic situation and intervene if necessary.

The LTA can then broadcast this data to motorists to help them plan their journeys and avoid congested roads, he said. This data will also be aggregated and anonymised - which means it will not infringe on the privacy of motorists. LTA is planning to implement the system by around 2020, he noted.

Mr Lui was speaking in response to questions posed by MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC Zainal Sapari about the new road pricing system.

Last month, the LTA called a tender to develop this system; the tender is still ongoing, Mr Lui said. What is clear is that maintaining the current gantry system - in place since 1998 - will not be financially prudent, he added.

"The annual operating cost has risen by 80 per cent over the last decade, and a large part of the system is coming to the end of its cycle, and it will have to be replaced, even if we do not move to a GNSS-based system," said Mr Lui, adding that physical gantries also take up land that could otherwise be freed up for more roadside greenery.

But Mr Lui cautioned that while a GNSS-based road pricing system may improve traffic management, it alone cannot ensure that Singapore's roads continue to be relatively smooth-flowing.

The minister said this would require a holistic approach involving vehicle growth, population controls, as well as enhancing and promoting public transport.

 
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