Apparently someone up there, high up there, isn’t really too happy about car prices going down too much (you mean the prices actually went down?) the sudden surge in car ownership has driven the traffic on expressways to an all time slowness and there is now a need to increase the ERP charges. When the ERP gantry just outside Hume Avenue comes into effect, we will probably get a lot, a lot of unhappy people too. If there are 200 units and everyone goes out during the peak hour (7 to 8am?), there would be a confirmed revenue of at least $100 (assuming ERP charge was only $0.50 and every household owns a car) per day in addition to the revenue incurred as a result of the number of cars passing by that road.

Very soon, there will be an ERP gantry outside every carpark (no, I am not referring to the carpark one).

So, before you buy a car, here are some things that you should add to your monthly expenditure:

  1. Car loan interest – of course, this is what you will be paying every month in addition to your car cost
  2. Road tax – usually about 800 per year for a 1,500cc car (like a Swift!)
  3. Insurance – if you are a first time owner, prepare something like $1900 per year?
  4. Petrol – you pay for what you use, but if you don’t use it, then why bother getting a car?
  5. Parking – if you do not stay in a landed place, do prepare to set aside something between $65 to $130, depending on where you stay
  6. Car Maintenance – probably a yearly or 1/2 yearly thing; cost depends on what needs to be changed/maintained
  7. Miscellaneous – car wash, car grooming, mods, petty accident claims, etc.

Hey, so there’s suddenly more than one thing and I am not just paying $500+ for the car per month. Instead, it added up to almost $1300, at least. Gosh!

Woe to those who can’t wake up early enough – you pay more for ERP as well as petrol since petrol usage is higher for urban driving, yes, that includes slow traffic on highways. =P

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.

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 29th October 2007.



Reader's Comments

  1. malique | October 30th, 2007 at 12:14 am

    ARGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Simply Jean | October 30th, 2007 at 9:57 am

    @malique: you didn’t just buy a car, did you? =)

  3. zeezzen | October 30th, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    personally, i feel that despite the increase of ERP, the problem of jams etc will not be solved. The problem with all the jams is due to small roads with too many cars. With stupid singaporen drivers, you can see that almost every morning, 4 lanes will become 3 lanes due to accidents. This causes to jams to be more serious. The problem is that singaporeans can’t drive properly. They do not like to signal when changing lanes and do not check for traffic condition when changing lanes etc etc.

    Nevertheless, in my opinon the only way to solve the problem is actually to build bigger roads with more lanes instead of increasing the erp rates. it does not solve the problem at all. they are only concern with getting more profits from the public. damn.

  4. Tianhong | October 30th, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    well for every convenience u need u gotta pay some price for it. seems like the government is still thinking that raising erp price gonna improve the traffic. dun think it will help at all

  5. Ponder Stibbons | October 30th, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    zeezzen:

    Solve the problem by building more roads? And you think building more roads does not cost money? Does not exact a cost on society by forcing non-drivers into more cramped spaces? If you expand roads, it is only fair to increase road taxes to pay for it and to impose additional fees on drivers for encroaching onto either private property or public spaces (sidewalks, fields, and other open areas that border roads). Road space isn’t anyone’s birthright. You have to earn it. Especially when your road space makes less room for everyone else.

  6. zeezzen | October 30th, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    Ponder Stibbons:

    As a driver, I rather pay more money on road tax then to face traffic jams everyday. CTE is jam everyday during peak hours. A jammed expressway is not express anymore. I am sure drivers would rather pay slightly more for road tax then having to waste their precious time stuck in the traffic jam. If paying a bit more can save everyone’s time, I think it’s fine.

  7. Miccheng | October 31st, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Sooner or later… businesses will realise how expensive it is to do business in Singapore… and move elsewhere. Problem is that there’s no other place to go to (of comparable stability, infrastructure and critical mass of English speaking populace. 😀 So that justifies paying a premium?

    Maybe we should throw some brainpower & manpower up Johore or Thailand – make them the perfect competitor of Singapore. Ha ha…

  8. D.D. | October 31st, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Jean
    Glad to know you from the library@Orchard briefing. 🙂 Never know so many NTU-ers are so actively engaging themselves in this historical event. Haha. Anyway, great blog you have. And I’m still in disbelief that you’ve bumped into my blog before. This is too spooky.
    Anyway, take care and hope to see more posts from you.

  9. funinvest | November 2nd, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    Good. ERP , petrol price shall go higher. I dun own a car and will never want to own one because I find it unnessary.I hope the road can be not so congested if not just increase ERP to $50. Let break another world record. Car owners be prepare.

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