You can’t buy a car in Singapore from Feb 2018 onwards, to fight too much congestion.
Singapore, one of the most expensive places in the world to buy a vehicle, has announced it will freeze the number of private cars on its roads from next year but vowed to expand public transport.Drivers need to buy a special certificate from the government — which can cost as much as 50,000 Singapore dollars ($37,000) — before they can hit the road. The certificates last 10 years, and authorities hold monthly auctions for them.
Singapore will allow continued increases in commercial vehicles and buses. The island city-state also vowed to invest heavily in public transportation to help the city’s growing population get around. Singapore says it will revisit the vehicle growth rate in 2020.
“In view of Singapore’s land constraints and our commitment to continually improve our public transport system, we will lower the vehicle growth rate from the current 0.25% per annum to 0% with effect from February 2018,” the agency wrote. It noted that 12 percent of Singapore’s land area is already taken up by roads.
Singapore’s Land Transport Authority said the decision was driven by traffic congestion and a shortage of space. The densely populated territory has a land area less than half the size of the city of Houston — but more than twice as many people.The government wants to get more people out of their cars and onto public transit. It plans to spend 28 billion Singapore dollars ($21 billion) on building and upgrading rail and bus networks over the next five years.
The certificate of entitlement scheme makes cars too expensive for your average Uber driver to own one. Certificates currently cost around $50,000 Singapore dollars (US$36,000), so many people rent cars instead.