Roads are for All

Rene Victoria | 12th Jan 2016 | NEWS

In one of the article of an online news website in Singapore, an open letter was written particularly for the use of road around Singapore.

The writer stated that the key issue is that motorists always bring up the war against cyclists and why are cyclists allowed to be around the road when they do not pay road tax.

He stated that the term “road tax” should not be taken literally, as is does not mean that the dollars collected are being used to build and maintain road, nor does it mean that only motorists who pay road tax are allowed to use the roads. So if that will be the case, all pedestrians using the road crossings should be paying “road tax” too.

Stating that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) clarified in 2013: “Public roads are intended to be used by all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians. They are built and maintained using public funds collected from general taxes, including those who do not use motorized vehicles.”

Also, it can be seen in the LTA’s website that the road tax is calculated based on a vehicle’s engine capacity or power rating. These values are directly or indirectly linked to amount of emission produces by each type of motorized vehicle.

A bicycle is human-powered, and does not emit any form of emissions. As such, cyclists are exempted from paying any road tax and are fully entitled to use roads.

The writer also said that motorists should understand the correct purpose of paying road tax instead of using it as an excuse to get the cyclists off the road.

Perhaps the LTA could consider changing the term “road tax” to something else such as “emission tax” or “environmental tax” in order to correct the misconception.

He also requested that all should be gracious road users and share the roads responsibly to make Singapore a better place for commuting for one and all.



Charles Tan Kim Seng