Cars congesting roads is a problem in just about every major urban center around the world, but some areas are worst during this regard than others. Singapore is one of those, and it’s going to do something regarding it – the govt. there has declared that it’ll cut the annual growth rate of cars and motorcycles allowed on roads within the country from 0.25 % to zero starting next Feb.
The zero rate of growth are some things that Singapore essentially must do – it spans a smaller total area than new york city, as Bloomberg notes, and yet it’s given over 12 % of its total land area to roads thus far. the decision to cap new cars on the road is due to there just not being enough land for more road expansion.
This new cap doesn’t apply to transport vehicles for product and buses, which will} continue to be able to grow at 0.25 % per annum through at least 2021. It’ll also revisit the cap for all vehicles in 2025.
Singapore isn’t alone in facing the challenge of there just being too many cars on the road, and too many demands on infrastructure as a result. but it’s a particularly poignant example of what happens when that reaches a crisis point, and a good sample case to look to to see why there’s such a focus on mobility services and alternative transportation services particularly for dense urban environments.