Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2005.05.004
Title: A vehicle quota integrated with road usage pricing: A mechanism to complete the phase-out of high fixed vehicle taxes in Singapore
Authors: Barter, P.A. 
Issue Date: 2005
Source: Barter, P.A. (2005). A vehicle quota integrated with road usage pricing: A mechanism to complete the phase-out of high fixed vehicle taxes in Singapore. Transport Policy 12 (6) : 525-536. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2005.05.004
Abstract: This expository paper suggests a way to integrate a vehicle quota with usage based charging, including road pricing. It thereby challenges assumptions that ownership control requires high fixed vehicle costs. It focuses on Singapore, which famously has high purchase taxes and a Vehicle Quota System. These are effective but as a result of arguments against high fixed vehicle taxes, Singapore's authorities are gradually relaxing ownership control and increasing reliance on usage charges. This paper proposes a mechanism to 'variabilise' fixed taxes, including the vehicle permit price, in a way that is compatible with the vehicle quota. In particular, it proposes to integrate the vehicle quota with a new generation of electronic road pricing. This could make Singapore's shift to usage-based charging more efficient, complete and flexible while retaining the option to control vehicle numbers precisely. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Transport Policy
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/20561
ISSN: 0967070X
DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2005.05.004
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