Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cars choking Manila, but road pricing is a bad idea

ABS-CBN News: "MANILA - The government is pushing for higher excise taxes on cars to divert motorists to public transportation, boosting efforts to untangle chronic traffic jams, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said Tuesday.
Dominguez said the automobile tax, if approved by Congress, should take effect in 2018, giving authorities ample time to fix the country's rail systems and put in place alternative modes of transport such as bus rapid transit lines."
Road pricing will just add more bureaucracy, generate calls of unfairness, and divide people. Just make the buses fare-free and respond to demand. People will vote with their seat.