The recent ERP increases are indeed a boon to motorists, from the government angle. The
government does not introduce new measures that are not in the public interest. The
beneficiaries in this case are the motorists.
The ERP increases are ostensibly designed to improve traffic flow to the extent that it is
expected to relieve the motorists of the anguish of being caught in slow-moving traffic at the
same time relieving them of a sizeable amount of their hard-earned money. The affluent motorists
of course take this in their stride. The public is asked to disregard the widely-held belief that
this is a source of limitless fund for the already well-funded coffers. What is the government
going to do with this largesse forked out by the car-owners? Well, wait for the keenly-awaited
announcement by the government financial prophet at the auspicious time.
Car-owners are paying whopping prices from their hard-earned income for their cars surely
not to leave them at home to take the MRT or the buses to work, as exhorted by the
government. It takes great incentives to get the down-to-earth car owners to make such a
sacrifice. What kind of logic is this which the car-owners, even the logic academic, will find hard
This will not be the last increases. Brace yourselves for more exciting announcement by the
eminent minister. As to when will certainly not be at the whim of the no-nonsense minister.