ERP stands for Electronic Road Pricing. An amount gets deducted from your car’s cashcard each time you go through this structure. If you don’t have enough money in your cashcard you will get a fine. There is no avoiding it and it’s the number one thing motorists complain about in Singapore. Especially motorists who drive to work during the peak hours and have to go through a couple of gantries. If you take a cab, you incur the charges in your taxi fee. The one time charge may not seem so much, but it all adds up. I really wonder if it’s the ERP system together with the restriction on the number of cars on the road that has led to us not experiencing the kind of standstill traffic jams that are present elsewhere in the world.
I just look forward to our public transport improving even more, and an ever expanding MRT line is very much appreciated by me. (It’s actually quite lovely to take at off peak hours when you can get a seat.) That would definitely encourage more people to take the train instead without having to worry about being late for work or being crushed liked sardines. Some may not think its too bad, but it’s problem for me as I suffer from claustrophobia.
I do know some people in my life who cycle to work, but without a dedicated cycle lane it just seems quite dangerous to me for both the cyclist and other road users if the cyclist is not responsible and swerves across lanes. The same goes for the impatient drivers of other vehicles.