Weekend Car and Off-Peak Car

Aim and Introduction
In order to allow people to own private cars for use outside congested periods, the weekend car was introduced. These weekend cars are more affordable than other cars, due to many different discounts and rebates given by the government.

Detailed Description
The weekend car was replaced by off-peak car in 1994. An off-peak car, unlike a weekend car, requires a Certificate of Entitlement (COE). However, it is still cheaper and more affordable than other cars due to tax rebates. The owner of a car under the off-peak car (OPC) scheme receives a $17,000 rebate against the quota premium and the Additional Registration Fee (ARF). The owner also benefits from a discount of $800 on annual road tax, thus making such cars less costly.
With this scheme, one spends less on petrol and parking as well. However, the time slots available to drive such cars are limited. Such cars can only be found on the roads from 7pm-7am on weekdays, 3pm onwards on Saturdays and Eves of major public holidays and the whole day on Sundays. This is a way to encourage the public to take public transport, which is more environmentally friendly than private cars.
In case of emergencies, the owner of an off-peak car can purchase an e-license through LTA’s ONE.MOTORING portal. This is to allow car owners to utilise their cars in times of emergencies.
For more information on off-peak cars, watch this video.


Effectiveness

It is not very effective, as shown by the recent decrease in drivers under the OPC scheme. According to Land Transport Authority (LTA) figures, the total population of OPCs decreased in December 2010 by 57, from November’s 50,097. Moreover, the number of new cars registered dropped from 767 to 111 in the same period.

Conclusion

Off-peak cars are still around today. However, it would take some time for Singaporeans to understand that people who purchases off-peak cars are not poor, but instead, want a more affordable alternative.

Principles of Governance

- Anticipating Change and Staying RelevantThe government thought of this plan to offer cheaper and more affordable cars, which are only available to use on non-peak hours, in order to solve the problem of traffic jams during peak hours. This shows the government's foresight as they are able to think of such a plan to attract people who wants to purchase an affordable car and does not need to use it very often. Moreover, they have created the e-license for people with off-peak cars to buy licenses to use their cars during emergency, which is extremely convenient. Therefore, this scheme shows that the government can anticipate change and stay relevant.