The Vehicle Quota System (VQS) is part of our holistic approach to deal with congestion. Its objective is to control the growth of the vehicle (not just cars) population at a rate that is sustainable.
In the 3 years prior to the implementation of the VQS in 1990, the vehicle growth rate averaged 6.8% per annum. Between 1975 and 1990, the growth rate of the car population went as high as 12% per annum for some years.
Between 1990 and 2008, the vehicle population grew by an average annualised growth rate of about 2.8%, which was well within the allowable growth rate of 3.0% set by the VQS for this period. The vehicle growth rate has been lowered to 1.5% p.a. in 2009 and will be lowered to 1.0% in August 2012 before being further reduced to 0.5% from February 2013 in view of slowdown in road growth. Without the control on vehicle growth, it is likely that a buoyant economy, coupled with the legitimate desire for car ownership, would have led to an explosive demand for car ownership.
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