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Singapore traffic congestion

Singapore bans new cars and motorbikes

Overcrowded Singapore has missed a golden opportunity to solve its traffic problems with its ban on new cars and motorcycles unless it is to replace an existing vehicle.

The problem with Singapore’s crowded streets and lack of parking is not motorcycles, but cars.

And many of them are massive luxury cars like Ferraris and Lamborghinis that are so wide, it’s difficult to lane split between them.

In fact, Singapore has more Maseratis, Ferraris and Lamborghinis per capita than anywhere else in the world.Singapore

It’s already the most expensive place in the world to own a car, so clearly banning the import of new luxury cars won’t stop the super-rich.

They’ll just buy an old car, trash it and replace it with their supercar.

Singapore streets

Instead, Singapore needs to embrace the use of motorcycles to navigate its streets.

I visited Singapore again earlier this year for the launch of the Harley-Davidson Street Rod and found it was an easy place to ride around.Singapore 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Rod

There are few motorcycles on its streets compared with other Asian cities, so you can slip through the traffic easily.

Instead of banning new motorbikes, they should encourage their use as it would alleviate their traffic problems.

We all know the oft-quoted statistics from the Belgian Transport & Mobility Leuven traffic congestion study. It found that if 10% of all private cars were replaced by motorcycles time losses for all vehicles would drop 40%. If 25% switched to two-wheelrs, traffic congestion would not exist.Harley-Davidson Street Rod Singapore traffic congestion night motorcycles

Public transport option

The Singapore move begins next year and will be complemented by an expansion of their public transport system including their metro which has suffered a series of breakdowns and delays.

Public transport is not the solution that greenies suggest.

It is expensive, unreliable and will never get a person precisely from their home to their destination.

That is why people rely on personal transport.

  1. I recently toured England and western Europe by bike and compared to London, Singapore doesn’t have the same level of congestion. Apart from the centre of London, which has congestion charges where bikes and scooters are exempt and very common, the outer areas are a nightmare for Aussies unused to constant lane-splitting. I used public transport whenever I could as it was very convenient and cheaper than the $121 per day bike rental alternative. I take issue with the throw-away jibe at the “greenies” because without public transport there would be much more traffic congestion, over a much wider area in all our major cities. The answer is a coherent transport strategy that takes account of all vehicle types including scooters and bicycles and educates the community so that a large twin-cab ute is not seen the most sensible method of delivering the “rug rats” to the local school.

  2. Yair, I can remember when they banned long hair and Janis Joplin records and the Beatles wern’t allowed in, so nothing surprises me any more.

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