Singapore has announced it is capping the number of vehicles in the country, starting next year February.
The 277-square-mile city-state currently has over 600,000 cars, trucks and motorcycles operating within it, and the government says it doesn’t have any room left to build the infrastructure to accommodate more.
The move is the latest by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority, which had already limited the rate of new cars and motorcycles at 0.25 percent. Not to mention all the import taxes and registration fees making vehicles, on average, four times more expensive to own in the island nation.
This isn’t an eternal ban, as authorities will review it in 2020. But for the next few years, the about 600,000 total private and rental vehicles will have to serve the 5.6 million people living in Singapore — though drivers can still file to replace their old vehicles with new ones. This doesn’t apply to goods vehicles and buses, which will retain a 0.25 percent growth rate — and that could be good news for any more autonomous trucking experiments.
We wait to see if this move will actually tackle the traffic problems of the city.