31 May '11, 2am

"As a road user, the ERP system shapes my decision to wake up at 6.30am to beat the 7.30am charge, as well as my...

I REFER to the reactions to the trial of a new satellite-based Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system, especially Mr Tin Chee Yee's ('Time for a robust review of ERP'; last Friday). I disagree that 'the current ERP system is clearly not working to ease the congestion on our roads'. Mr Tin may not have commuted in London, Paris or Hong Kong, where the peak-hour city traffic is akin to a giant carpark. As a road user, the ERP system shapes my decision to wake up at 6.30am to beat the 7.30am charge, as well as my daytime foray into town to run my business-related errands. The ERP allows the driving community to enjoy a smoother ride - for a fee. Almost everything in our daily lives is computerised - Central Provident Fund accounts, tax records and so on. The relevant governing bodies have proven that they use data only for official purposes. Therefore, privacy abuse issues will...

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