SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority announced on October 23 that it will not allow any growth in the number of private cars and motorcycles in the city from February 2018.

The current growth rate of the car number set by LTA is 0·25% per year, at which level it will remain until the end of January. This rate will remain unchanged for buses and goods vehicles until a review in the first quarter of 2021. LTA says that this is to provide businesses more time to improve the efficiency of their logistics operations and reduce the number of commercial vehicles that they require.

LTA cites the main reason for halting expansion of private car numbers as land constraints: at present 12% of Singapore’s total land area is roads. In parallel with this, the metro and bus networks are expanding.

The vehicle growth rate will be reviewed again in 2020.