05 Oct '11, 3am

Owning a car should be like NS, says our reader. It should be fair to all, regardless of income level.

MR FRANCIS ALBERT: 'The Government's plans to further curb the growth of the car population will only favour the rich ('Govt to rein in vehicle growth from next year'; yesterday). When national service was introduced, all male citizens, rich and poor, had to serve, and this was fair. When family planning strictures were imposed and couples were persuaded to stop at two, those rules too were fair. Similarly, the Government must ensure fairness when framing rules on car ownership. For instance, each household should be allowed to own one car. Families or householders who want a second car should pay double - for the certificate of entitlement, road tax and motor vehicle insurance - and should also be denied season parking. Owning a third car should carry even more punitive disincentives. I am certain the Government can think of many other creative and practical options other...

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