Ticket to tarmac havoc

Manny de Cunha, chief executive of Associated Motor Holdings, also supports improved public transport, but says people will not stop buying cars, no matter how congested the roads become.

Manny de Cunha, chief executive of Associated Motor Holdings, also supports improved public transport, but says people will not stop buying cars, no matter how congested the roads become.

He is particularly sceptical about the proposal to devote two lanes to buses on clogged arterial roads.

"It will cause havoc and congestion, and won't work."

He predicts enforcement of the ban will be a problem in a society that does not respect traffic laws and has limited capacity to enforce them.

Ray Levin, chief executive of Kia Motors, also gives the plan guarded support, but says it will take many years to change a culture that mistrusts public transport and to persuade motorists to give up their cars for buses.

"In communities where there are few cars this is a great idea, but where people have cars [Re a Vaya transport initiative] will not be of much use."

Levin says business is so fragmented across the vast metropolitan area and people have to travel such long distances that public transport cannot cater for their needs.

"As traffic congestion builds up we will have to implement something. But it must be safe and reliable [to attract passengers]."

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