You suggest that a ballot system would be fairer to you than a COE system. I presume that this is because everyone gets an equal chance to enjoy the roads (through chance) rather than what you perceive as a scheme benefiting the "well-off". On the surface, sure. If you assume that everyone's life is entirely identical and their demands are uniform.
Let's have A and B, and assume that they have identical wages and expenditure. Both can afford a COE. Under the COE scheme, both would have bought cars.
Now let's have your proposed ballot system, and add a few more details to A and B. Let's just say that the ballot allows 50% of applicants have the right to buy a car. A has 5 children in primary school and lives in Jurong East. His workplace is in Simei and he starts work at 8 am. B is a single bachelor who lives at Simei, and works at Simei. He also starts work at 8 am and can walk to work.
If only one of the two can win the ballot here, and A wins, B doesn't - that seems fair. If B wins, and A doesn't? It hardly seems fair to me then. You have merely replaced "more well off" in your post above for the ballot scheme with "luckier at balloting".
Please note that I'm not saying that the COE system is better, if A could not afford a COE and B could, then the same imperfection occurs. My point here is really that any system to control the ownership of cars will have certain rigidities built into the methodology of deciding who gets to own the cars. So let's not fling our hands in the air and proclaim an alternative scheme a clear winner too quickly. Cheers.
well i did proclaim a clear winner? we are all here to give our views, and the readers can decide for themselves, pls stay cool dude... end of the day whatever views there are , they may affect others and in turn affect others...., and let's hope this will result in a better singapore...
dun need argue or think, there is only one winner.
Eat breath LIVERPOOL!!!
Err... I still think depending on one"s luck is more fair...Originally Posted by edutilos-
How abt you? I am all ears...
You guys can talk all you want. COE is not going to go away. It generates too much revenue for our government. They will never get rid of their cash cow.
Erp is ok .. u use the road u pay, but COE is riddiculars .. 1 papaer cost as much as 1 car ..
- raise price of ERP gantry to $50 or more. ( I have seen tolled bridges charge similar rates overseas. painful 2 min drive across )
- raise price of public parking to $ 10 bucks every 30 min. Or maybe more
- raise price of gas ++
Is that a more palatable alternative ? I am definitely NOT a fan of this COE thing but having to endure crazy CTE jams, it seems every other non COE options got their short comings as well.
( Meanwhile.. I count my luck I bought my car during COE recession .. )
Imaging our 'A' team ppl so unlucky not to get a COE, then how ? No car when arriving to meet the ppl session at CC .. so ironic ..Originally Posted by Zichar
Then another system comes up, civil servant no need to ballot ? Then another set of problem. Coe is here to stay, its quite fair actually, u can afford u pay, u cannot afford why die die go buy car ?
The whole is not equal, everyone got a choice to spent their money, whether on a car or house or holiday tour .. i use to take public transport, back then i envy those friend of mine with car, but at the same time i go on holiday trip very often. Now i own a car, i got no spare cash for holiday.
fair or not, the loser will always make noise about it and claim it's unfair
simple. build 2nd tier expressway along / centre of the expressway. still jam, then 3rd layer
they have been ignoring the problem and coming out silly idea like COE / ERP / peak hours etc. these solution are superficial. I bet those LTA scholars wont want to put effort into long term solution as they only want to reap short time benefit.
solving this traffic issue need long term commitment; which LTA officer / scholar lacks
actually it is also 羊毛出在羊身上
although COE ERP also jam
but if car is cheap and everybody start to buy, i bet your car wont be able to move
actually, COE filter out those not really need a car. actually also good to have so that only elite afford to buy. and they one time buy 10 car and park in their garage. better than having 10 young punk racing on the road
built roads that can go thru HDB.
Eat breath LIVERPOOL!!!