From February 2018, residents of Singapore would not be able to drive additional cars in the small city-state. The country is introducing the ban as a line in the sand to prevent the island from clogging traffic and being overrun with vehicles, especially as it is spending billions of dollars on projects involving public transit.
The ban is the most recent move by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore, which had already restricted the rate of new motorcycles and cars at 0.25%. Not to mention the implementation of all the registration fees and import taxes that are making vehicles, on average, four times more expensive to own in the island nation. Given that Singapore has only around a sixth of the area of the smallest state of the United States, Rhode Island — and that a remarkable 12% of its space is taken up by roads — it remains important.
This is not an eternal ban as authorities are set to review the move in 2020. However, for the coming years, around 600,000 total rental and private vehicles will have to serve the 5.6 million people living in Singapore — though some drivers can still be allowed to file for the replacement of their old vehicles for new ones. This does not apply, however, to goods vehicles and buses, which will keep a growth rate of 0.25% — and that could be excellent news for any more autonomous trucking experiments.