Singapore to stop increasing number of cars in February

Singapore to stop increasing number of cars in February

There will be zero growth for vehicles in Categories A, B and D - covering cars and motorcycles - from February next year, down from the current 0.25 per cent annual growth rate.

To stop cramping its roads, Singapore authorities have made a decision to put a cap on the number of cars on roads from February next year, reports said. This is to provide businesses with more time to improve the efficiency of their logistical operations and reduce the number of commercial vehicles that they require. The government said the move, which will be reviewed in 2020, was due to land scarcity and billions of dollars in planned public transit ventures.

The COE quota for the next three months from November 2017 to January 2018 will be 25,913, based on the existing 0.25 percent vehicle growth rate.


"In view of land constraints and competing needs, there is limited scope for further expansion of the road network", Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a statement on Monday. Currently, 12% of the country's total land area is occupied by roads, but rail network has grown in length by 30% over the past six years.

Singapore's population has risen almost 40 percent since 2000 to about 5.6 million people. There are more than 600,000 private and rental cars on this limited road space. There are new upcoming projects as well, such as adding new buses to serve new routes. However over in Singapore where land is sparse, owning a vehicle is tricky, but unfortunately it looks like it's about to get much harder.

Singapore has an extensive public transport system. According to the LTA, the government will be investing $20 billion in new rail infrastructure, another $4 billion to renew, upgrade, and expand rail operating assets, and yet another $4 billion in bus contracting subsidies.

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