zzm9980 wrote:They should use COE to control/reduce congestion and ARF to tax the rich. Categorize COEs by the various classes of vehicles they believe should be on the road, and then allocate/price them according to how they want them distributed. If Tan Ah Beng and his family meet whatever criteria the government decides is desirable for a car owner and can afford a COE, it should be the same price for any private passenger vehicle: a Chery QQ 0.8l, a 1.3l Fit, a 2.0l BMW, 4l MB, etc.Wd40 wrote:Google for this :
"Multiple-car owners may face surcharge, COE system to be refined"
Thats the article we are talking about.
Here's the reasoning for taxing the rich:
Mr Lui said: "Models such as Mercedes C180 Kompressor and Audi A1 have an open market value and engine power that is significantly higher than those of more mass-market models such as Toyota Corolla Altis and Honda City.
"While this is a reflection of increasing affluence and consumer preferences, we also want to make sure that Category A, which is intended for buyers of smaller budget cars, retains its original purpose."
If you want to tax the rich, make the ARF even more progressive and keep it based on the car's value. Otherwise you'll continue to see manufacturers find loopholes to get into cheaper catagories. This is why we see 1.4l twin turbo VWs, BMWs, etc. IF they start rating by horse power, they'll just start under rating the cars, adjusting the power band, and/or reducing weight to make the car quicker. Or, it'll be an intentionally simple to disable ECU handicap that every after market shop will be able to bypass (like many speed limiters).
Well IMHO, although a small car like a Honda Fit less size than say an SUV like Audi Q7, in terms of congestion, I dont think size matters that much. Cars are expected to occupy the whole lane, so width doesnt matter, height ofcourse never mattered. The length, yeah may be a bit, but even then cars are expected to keep distance in Singapore and so the length of the car, also shouldnt play that much big a part considering the amount of distance maintained.
So if congestion was the only reason, I dont think you even need 2 categories A & B for cars. Currently if you see the categorization is based of Engine CC and in the past it worked just fine. You had expensive cars typically being more powerful and higher engine CC. But now that Car mfrs have started making smaller yet top end cars, the CC differentiation doesnt work anymore and hence the refining proposed.
If you ask the middle class person, for them COE is the biggest factor and unlikely the ARF. So if you want the middle class person to also be able to buy a car you need different categories.
Its not really about taxing the rich, but if rich people were allowed to bid in the CAT A, they are just going to bulldoze it, no matter how high the COE price is and the middle class person will never be able to afford a car.
Ofcourse the gahmen wants to reduce the number of cars, but it doesnt want to be seen as facilitating only the super rich to be able to buy cars.