The Authority came out with the latest tweak in COE that managed to "kick out" the more expensive model such as Mercedes and BMW from Category A. But what does that served? Has the public or citizen or the car owners benefited from it? Has the tweak failed? Is our Government going to refine the tweak as they have said when they introduced the tweak? But they came out to explain the tweak has achieve its goal.
... CAR prices have started to tumble ahead of next month's increase in COE supply, which is likely to result in lower premiums. Toyota, Honda and Nissan dealers were among the first to cut prices, which are bundled with COE premiums, by $2,000 to $10,000 over the weekend. They were responding to last Friday's news of a 42 per cent increase in the quota of car certificates of entitlement from May to July.
When the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced its reclassification measures for our Certificate of Entitlement (COE) system last September, it cited that it wanted to ‘keep’ Cat A for so-called mainstream cars. And now that a Cat A car has to be below 1,600cc in engine capacity as well as producing 130bhp/97kW or less, together with the latest announcement that COE quotas will be increased over the next three months, we take an optimistic look at some of the cars which we hope might make it here, and can fit comfortably under the LTA’s new “bread-and-butter cars” criteria.
Late last night, at the traffic lights, a motorcyclist rammed into the back of my wife's car along Paya Lebar Road. My wife was not hurt but the motorcyclist had to be taken to hospital.
Though I was not in the car with her, she told me that lots of motorists stopped to help out. They carried the injured motorcyclist to the pavement till the traffic police arrived. A doctor stopped by and also rendered his services.
By the time I arrived at the scene of the accident, the motorcyclist had already been taken to the hospital and the traffic police were busy directing traffic along that busy 5 lane stretch of road. The police were very helpful and informative.
This episode shows that Singaporeans are indeed caring and in times of need, people will go out of their way to help others. Am really thankful to all those who helped out and am proud to be a Singaporean.
Looks like COE prices will remain around this level until mid July, whence we will be told the quota for August to October. Really not easy for those in the car trade as the future of the car COE prices really depend on the future quota of COEs. It would be a lot better if we are able to find out way in advance, how many cars had been deregistered as it happens.... not in realtime, but at least within the month.
The IU unit in my car failed and I had to go to Vicom to sort this out. They waved a device over the IU and confirmed that it was not transmitting any signal. As it was more than 5 years old, I had to pay for a new unit which costed $156.
When I got home, I dismantled the unit only to find that the batteries were not working anymore. No wonder these devices fail so early. It was not the electronics that fail but simply that the rechargeable batteries have a certain lifespan. What a wasteful society we are in as it will make a lot more sense for consumers to be able simply to change these rechargeable batteries instead of replacing the entire device. Moreover, as these are lithium batteries, they should also be disposed with care instead of simply giving these devices back to the consumers who will surely just dump these in the nearest bin.
PS - Changing the IU unit also means that I have to inform a number of establishments - Ion Orchard for the Ion reward card, Capitaland Mall card which gives me free parking in their malls, my son's school to allow the car to pick him up as well as the club. Would have certainly made a lot more sense just allowing motorists to simply change the rechargeable batteries.
Actually, yesterday morning, I called up Frankie of Soh Tyres in Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 1 and bargained these tyres down to $330 each, including installation and balancing. Had to pay him in cash though. I had these fitted early yesterday afternoon and am happy with these tyres. I am familiar with these tyres as I used the same tyres for my other car before. They do wear down quite quickly but provide good grip and are very quiet.
Just like in the crimewatch movies.... good to see that the policemen drive unmarked cars.
I recall a time when I was asked to assist in some investigations and I was told that the car that will come to my house will be an unmarked car. Then, a QX car came to the house and after that, my neighbours were asking me many questions. The moral of the story is that it is best to take the extra effort of going to the police station instead! Yes, when I ran ShareInvestor, I had to assist every now and then. So glad that those times are over.