UNJUSTIFIED CHARGES?-Town Council Fees
1 AUG 2005
We are paying too much for some services
SINGAPOREANS seem to be shortchanged on a number of services they pay
for - no doubt, there are many others.
In 1987, I applied for a passport valid for ten years. However, I could
use it for only nine years and six months because all countries require a
six-month validity period.
Had I applied for two five-year passports, one upon the expiry of the
other, I would have lost a whole year.
New passports are to be issued soon. Can the authorities issue passports
with an extra six months of validity so that we can actually use them for
the duration we have paid for?
At one time, road tax validity started on the first of the month even if
the car was registered on the 30th. Now, it starts on the date of payment.
If this can be done, surely the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority can
accede to my above request?
Another instance: Delisting one's name from the telephone directory costs
$20 for registration and attracts a $5 service fee every three months
thereafter. I wonder what the need for these charges is. Is there $20
worth of work involved in "registration" for delisting? The operation
probably takes only a few seconds on the computer and everything is done
over the phone; a one-time token charge of $1 to delist should suffice.
Secondly, why is there a charge every three months? Once the name is
delisted, it remains so until reactivated.
Also, a subscriber who moves but wants to retain his old telephone number
will be saddled with a $24 Number Retention Service charge every three
months. Again, why is this repeat charge necessary?
A third instance: The other day, at the Registry of Marriages, I was
shocked to learn that the change of a witness would cost $15. Why? What
series of complicated procedures does this charge pay for? Sometimes a
witness simply may not be able to attend. It leaves a bad taste in the
mouth on what should be a happy day.
And finally, recently, some readers have expressed unhappiness over having
to pay unnecessary parking charges. For the five minutes from 6.55am to
7.00am they had to pay (the night charge of) $2. It is good to hear the
HDB is reviewing this scheme ("Car park fee rethink", July 29).
I would suggest that charges for the two hours before 6am could be on a
per-minute basis, where the ERP parking system is used. People have been
suggesting for a long time that parking charges should be by the minute.
It is time all car parks were required to do so.
We live in a computerised world. We claim to be the most wired country in
this part of the planet.
It is time the computer was used to reduce costs for the consumer, not add
- Letter from Murali Kumara Sharma
Forum: the Sammyboy.com's Alfresco Coffee Shop � Forum
Subject: Town Council Fees
DateTime: 05/07/2005 10:31:31
Assuming avergae each block has 100 units.4 rooms flats ( $48 from govt $48 from owner ) - $96Fee for each block - $9,600Each block need about 1 cleaner with $1,000 salary.Excess - $8,600 to pay for
electricity bill , upgrading , what else ?? It seem like the surplus is huge , yet everytime they ask to increase the fees ????
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