You are absolutely right.
The shift of policy created the traffic that justified the ERP.
Now tell me. Does the total volume of tax received by the public accounts decreases or increases with this shift of policy?
What does pay more? It is to have a little number of expensive car paying a one time tax at the purchase or an on going thing that more people use daily and several times a day?
Agree with you regarding the international situation and that we are not that bad here.
But I am not convinced when I hear that things will be better once we have more ERPees. I saw ERP mulitply and traffic getting worse.
It can only prevent things from worsening for a while. But people will get use to it and in six month time, it will be back to square one.
It is only by implementing insane ERP price that you will see a change. A change that will not get rid of the traffic but redirect it to secondary roads.
ERP is a plaster on a broken leg. SG traffic is limping and unfortunately it is not going to change with the ERP.
All this due to the geographic limitation of this island, there are physical difficulties that will be hardly solved. (THE KPE for inst. had to be underground).
Now, if you want to widen the discussion about the competitiveness of the country. The traffic prevents the goods and ppl to travel fast enough to maintain at least its competetiveness. The degradation of the traffic is not in favour of the biz and the ERP unfortunately will not help it. I sincerely wish that ERP would be an effective tool. At least, I could once in a while choose to pay to get a better service. Just like the mail service. You have the normal and the express.
Although thinking about it the CTE on many places has some space to receive at least one more lane to the side.
That's how it is. The choice has been made to widen the base of tax payers. In fact soon, 6 millions of them.