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Please use the case study attached to answer the following questions:

  1. Why is digitalization important in the delivery of public services?
  2. What challenges did LTA face during the transition of vehicle services from counter to digital? How did the team respond to resistance to change? 
  3. " Digital transformation is more about people than technology." In the context of OneMotoring, to what extent do you agree with this statement?
  4. What are some lessons on change management that can be drawn from LTA's experience with the digitalization of vehicle services?
  5. Considering perspectives from both the government and citizens, what factors would define the next generation of vehicle services? What other digital services would be useful to motorists?

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This case was written by Professor Lily Kong, Associate Professor Orlando Woods, and Dr Cheah Sin Mei at the Singapore Management University and Professor Tim Bunnell at the National University of Singapore. The case was prepared solely to provide material for class discussion. The authors do not intend to illustrate either effective or ineffective handling of a managerial situation. The authors may have disguised certain names and other identifying information to protect confidentiality. Copyright © 2022, Singapore Management University Version: 2022-09-22


Singapore is a nation where we can create possibilities for ourselves beyond what we imagined


– Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore1

For more than two decades since the soft launch of the OneMotoring portal in 2000, the one-stop

gateway to vehicle-related services in Singapore had been an integral resource for the motoring

community. From real-time traffic updates to renewing road tax, paying transport-related fees, and

supporting the entire lifecycle of vehicle ownership, the portal offered more than a hundred digital

services delivered by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the government agency overseeing land

transport in the country.

These public e-service delivery efforts were a continuation of the Singapore Government’s national

computerisation journey that began as early as the 1980s. LTA was among the forerunners in the

digital transformation of public services. More recently, Singapore’s achievements as a Smart City

and in city mobility attested to its success in digitalisation. The city-state was named the leading

Smart City thrice from 2019 to 2021.2

It was no surprise that owing to its success, the government had to meet rising citizen expectations

over the years. This fact was acknowledged by Alvin Chia, Group Director of Vehicle Services Group

at LTA, who noted, “Expectation of public services has heightened tremendously.”

Back in the 2000s, LTA had battled its fair share of challenges commonly encountered by agencies

embarking on a digital transformation journey. Users’ lack of computer literacy, the loss of human

touch in service delivery, the difficulty in authenticating user digital identity, and workforce

transition were among the common pertinent issues. Through stakeholder engagement, work

redesign, employee retraining, leveraging government-wide shared services, and active partnership

with multiple entities, LTA had succeeded in surmounting those obstacles.

While the portal has been serving and meeting most of the motorists’ needs, LTA is not resting on

its laurels. Moving ahead with times, LTA sees opportunities to push the envelope further to serve

motorists better. LTA has in its pipeline a new round of system upgrade. Efforts are underway to

1 Smart Nation Singapore, “Transforming SG Through Tech”, https://www.smartnation.gov.sg/about-smart-nation/transforming- singapore, accessed March 2022. 2 Smart Nation Singapore, “Achievements”, https://www.smartnation.gov.sg/about-smart-nation/our-journey/achievements, accessed

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evaluate the adoption of newer technologies, such as microservices and agile methodology, which

would enable quicker delivery of services and policy changes. With so many digital possibilities

presented by technological advancements, how is LTA reimagining the delivery of vehicle services

from the future of mobility perspective? How would the system cope with rapid policy changes to

accommodate the arrival of new vehicle technologies such as electric vehicles? What new digital

services might motorists in Singapore look forward to in the next few years?

Urban Mobility in Singapore, A Smart City

Singapore has been recognised as the world’s leading smart city over three consecutive years from

2019 to 2021. 3 According to the Smart City Index published by Institute of Management

Development (IMD) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), the city-state

was ranked top among more than a hundred cities on how technology was used to improve the lives

of its residents (refer to Exhibit 1 for the rankings). Singapore also performed well in the mobility

domain, one of the five key elements of a smart city.4 The Deloitte City Mobility Index 2020 placed

Singapore as the global leader in integrated mobility, accessibility, and infrastructure investment, in

addition to being a top performer in several areas including the management of congestion.5

Perennial traffic congestion in metropolitan cities has been a major urban transportation issue that

has marred travel experience for commuters. With the rare exception of a few cites, tackling traffic

congestion remains a challenge. Even though Singapore has been well-regarded internationally as an

exemplar of employing innovative approaches towards road traffic management,6 the city-state

continues to face challenges, with greater demand for seamless and efficient mobility by a growing

population. Rising affluence in the city-state has also led to higher demand for private car ownership,

even as the small island struggles with land constraints and a high population density.7 Left to its

own devices, unregulated increase in private vehicle usage would undoubtedly exacerbate traffic


Singapore’s approach to addressing these challenges has entailed a balance between vehicle

population control and road usage restrictions, on the one hand, and improving public transport on

the other. The balance has in part been achieved by schemes such as Vehicle Quota System (VQS),

Additional Registration Fee (ARF) and Electronic Road Pricing (ERP). Implemented in 1990, the

VQS was a bidding system for a Certificate of Entitlement (COE), which was the right to own a

vehicle in Singapore for ten years.8 Prior to the purchase of a new vehicle, buyers would have to bid

3 Smart Nation Singapore, “Achievements”, https://www.smartnation.gov.sg/about-smart-nation/our-journey/achievements, accessed

March 2022. 4 The five elements defined by the IMD-SUTD Smart City Index were health and safety, mobility, activities, opportunities, and

governance. IMD, “Smart City Observatory”, https://www.imd.org/smart-city-observatory/home/, accessed March 2022. 5 Deloitte, “Deloitte City Mobility Index 2020”, https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/insights/us/articles/4331_Deloitte-City- Mobility-Index/Singapore_GlobalCityMobility_WEB.pdf, accessed March 2022. 6 Wolfgang Ketter and Mary Loane, “How Road Pricing is Tackling Congestion and Pollution in Cities Like London and Singapore”,

World Economic Forum, December 21, 2021, https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/12/how-road-pricing-is-tackling-congestion-and- pollution-in-cities/, accessed March 2022. 7 Singapore occupied a land area of 720 square kilometres. In 2021, Singapore’s population density was one of the highest in the world

at 7,485 residents per square kilometre. Department of Statistics (Singapore), “Population and Population Structure”, https://www.singstat.gov.sg/find-data/search-by-theme/population/population-and-population-structure/latest-data, accessed March

2022. 8 Marsita Omar and Nor-Afidah Abd Rahman, “Certificate of Entitlement”, Singapore Infopedia, June 2019, https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_1005_2006-04-07.html, accessed March 2022.

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for a COE under a quota set quarterly. Upon registration, successful bidders would have to pay ARF,

a tax that could cost up to twice as much as the vehicle’s open market value. Road congestion has

been managed using ERP since 1998 (and its predecessor, the Area Licensing Scheme introduced in

1975), in which motorists had to pay a toll for passing through gantries located in high-traffic areas.

Taken together, VQS, ARF, and ERP have been effective policy instruments moderating the

relentless growth of the vehicle population and have played a part in ensuring smooth traffic flows.9

Land Transport Authority


The Land Transport Authority (LTA) was established as a statutory board under the Ministry of

Transport in September 1995.10 Formed from the merger of four public entities – the Registry of

Vehicles (ROV), the Land Transportation Division of the Ministry of Communications, the Roads

and Transportation Division of the Public Works Department, and the Mass Rapid Transit

Corporation11 – LTA’s role is primarily to spearhead the development of the country’s land transport.

From its early mission of building a world-class transport system, the authority has progressed to set

its sights on “connecting people and places, [and] enhancing travel experiences”.12

Mobility Initiatives

Embarking on the computerisation journey as early as the 1980s, LTA was one of the forerunners of

public service digital transformation. The public sector’s digital transformation efforts had been

organised around a successive series of IT masterplans (refer to Exhibit 2 for a list of masterplans).

Additionally, national and sectoral level land transport initiatives were rolled out progressively with

the common goal of accelerating the transformation of Singapore’s mobility landscape.

In 2014, the Smart Nation initiative was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who

envisioned Singapore as “a nation where people live meaningful and fulfilled lives, enabled

seamlessly by technology, offering exciting opportunities for all”.13 The initiative represented a

significant move that would herald the next phase of urban transformation for Singapore. One of the

eight Strategic National Projects identified by the initiative was Smart Urban Mobility, in which the

deployment of digital technologies would support the country’s vision of a ‘Car-Lite Singapore’.14

9 Chng, Samuel, Charles Abraham, Mathew P. White, and Stephen Skippon, “To Drive or Not to Drive? A Qualitative Comparison of

Car Ownership and Transport Experiences in London and Singapore”, Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives 2 (2019):

100030. 10 Tan Lay Yuen, “Land Transport Authority”, Singapore Infopedia, 2016,

https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_862_2005-01-22.html, accessed March 2022. 11 Ibid. 12 LTA, “Mission, Vision & Shared Values”,

https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltagov/en/who_we_are/our_organisation/mission_vision_values.html, accessed March 2022. 13 Prime Minister Office, “PM Lee Hsien Loong at the Smart Nation Launch”, November 24, 2014, https://www.pmo.gov.sg/Newsroom/transcript-prime-minister-lee-hsien-loongs-speech-smart-nation-launch-24-november, accessed

March 2022. 14 Centre for Liveable Cities (Singapore), “Creating Liveable Cities Through Car-Lite Urban Mobility”, 2016, https://www.clc.gov.sg/docs/default-source/books/carlite-urban-mobility-finalreport.pdf, accessed March 2022.

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Introduced in the same year as the Smart Nation programme was the Smart Mobility 2030 strategic

plan. It was jointly developed by LTA and the Intelligent Transportation Society of Singapore, an

organisation representing the local transport industry. Building on the strong foundation of an

Intelligent Transport System15, the plan sought to provide guidance to the transport sector to develop

information services that would enhance the land travelling experience of diverse commuter groups.16

Vehicle Services

The early pursuit of computerisation in the 1980s saw LTA going into automation of routine, labour-

intensive tasks to improve productivity and efficiency. One of the early adopters of technology to

undergo reform was vehicle registration and licensing.

Within LTA, the Vehicle Services Group (VSG) was responsible for the registration and licensing

of vehicles since taking over the function from its predecessor, ROV. VSG served the full spectrum

of motorists’ needs from the point of registration to the deregistration of vehicles, including cars,

motorcycles, taxis, buses, and goods vehicles as well as power-assisted bicycles and e-scooters. Over

the years, VSG had grown and expanded the services it provided, supported by its various subgroups

including the Vehicle Service Operations, Vehicle Service Development, Vehicle Engineering,

Foreign Vehicle Permits & Customer Service, and Investigations & Intelligence.17

LTA’s digitalisation journey unfolded in the backdrop of the broader ‘Whole-of-Government’

transformation efforts. Drawing lessons from the past 50 years of transformation, senior government

officers acknowledged that the public sector must remain relevant to the needs and sentiments of

citizens.18 The digitalisation of vehicle services supported that narrative, as Alvin Chia, Group

Director of VSG articulated,

We see ourselves aligned with what the public sector is gearing towards – a Smart City. Because

transport is an integral piece of our daily life, we want to make our vehicle services smarter,

easier to use, and more convenient for the public.

Prior to computerisation, the only service channel was the counters at LTA’s Customer Service

Centre at Sin Ming Drive. Amid the quieter residential and industrial estates in the surrounding area

was the hustle and bustle at the Customer Service Centre. The large number of walk-ins, more than

a thousand visitors daily, made a compelling case for automation and self-service.

OneMotoring Portal

15 Intelligent Transport Systems was the collective term for technologies used to gather data on traffic-related information. Land Transport Authority, “Intelligent Transport Systems”,

https://www.lta.gov.sg/content/ltagov/en/getting_around/driving_in_singapore/intelligent_transport_systems.html, accessed March

2022. 16 Chin Kian Keong and Grace Ong, “Smart Mobility 2030 – ITS Strategic Plan for Singapore”, Land Transport Authority, November

2015, https://esci-ksp.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/J15Nov_p04Chin_SmartMobility2030.pdf, accessed March 2022. 17 Singapore Government Directory, “Land Transport Authority, Vehicle Services Group”, https://www.sgdi.gov.sg/ministries/mot/statutory-boards/lta/departments/vs, accessed March 2022. 18 Ang Hak Seng and Sueann Soon, “Transformation in the Singapore Public Service: Emerging Stronger from the Pandemic”, Civil

Service College, June 30, 2021, https://www.csc.gov.sg/articles/transformation-in-the-singapore-public-service-emerging-stronger-from- the-pandemic, accessed March 2020

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The first generation of the vehicle registration & licensing system, named the Motor Vehicle Project

(MVP), was launched in the 1980s. The MVP primarily served motor dealers, who acted as

intermediaries for motorists. The dealers would typically handle the complex paperwork involved in

the registration and licensing process and personally submit the required documents to LTA on behalf

of the vehicle owners. Upon confirmation of the registration, the vehicle owner would be issued with

a log card and a road tax disc. Two decades later, the MVP was replaced by the Vehicle Registration

& Licensing System (VRLS) and a public-facing website – OneMotoring.lta.gov.sg.

Calibrated Transition

Soft-launched in 2000, the OneMotoring portal was introduced to the public as a one-stop service

gateway catering to the varying needs of the motoring community. With a third of the road journeys

made by private cars19 and more than one million vehicles on the road20, motorists represented a

sizeable segment of road users in Singapore.

Taking a calibrated and incremental approach of converting over-the-counter services to e- services

on the portal, VSG phased the portal development over a few years. Chia described,

We were very mindful from the onset that this is going to be a mammoth task because people are

so used to the manual way. The resistance to change and the resistance to adopt technologies are

very real concerns. So, we were mindful that we must do this [transformation] incrementally.

In 2001, OneMotoring started offering enquiry services such as road tax payable and vehicle

rebates.21 A year later, transactional services, including bidding for COE and renewing road tax,

were available on the portal. The portal also began accepting e-payment such as direct debit.

Following this, LTA developed a new system to replace MVP, which was unable to support modern

internet-enabled services due to its archaic system architecture. A suite of

[email protected] was officially launched in 2006. Motorists, in addition to motor

dealers, could go online instead of making trips to the Customer Service Centre for a wide variety of


Apart from the hundred-odd e-services that covered enquiries, transactions, and e-payments, the

public and motor dealers could register, transfer and deregister their vehicles at their convenience

and in the comfort of home or office. In addition to more commonly utilised services such as road

tax renewal, payment of fees and fines, motorists could also access real-time traffic updates via

traffic.smart22, an interactive map that displayed the locations of accidents, vehicle breakdowns,

roadworks, flash floods, toll gantries, speed cameras, and traffic speed of major roads. When the use

of smartphones became more prevalent, the portal added mobile services.

19 Deloitte, “Deloitte City Mobility Index 2020”, https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/insights/us/articles/4331_Deloitte-City-

Mobility-Index/Singapore_GlobalCityMobility_WEB.pdf, accessed March 2022. 20 Smart Nation Singapore, “Smart Transport Initiatives”, https://www.smartnation.gov.sg/initiatives/transport, accessed March 2022. 21 Gary Pan, Foo See Liang and Tan ShongYe, “Governing a Digital Business Ecosystem: Lessons from ONEMOTORING Portal”,

Accountancy Business and the Public Interest, 13 (2014): 22. 22 OneMotoring Portal, “traffic.smart”, https://onemotoring.lta.gov.sg/content/onemotoring/home/driving/traffic_information/traffic- smart.html, accessed March 2022.

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Stakeholder Engagement

As with any digital transformation, change management played a critical role in driving successful

outcomes. As such, a progressive approach in overcoming a culture of resistance to technology

adoption among multiple stakeholder groups became an imperative for VSG. Chia shared,

We took a lot of pain and effort on change management because this involved all stakeholders,

not only those within LTA. Every stakeholder must come along with us [on this transformation


Staff Transition Recognising that employees were among the most important stakeholder groups, Alanna Fung,

Director of Vehicle Services Operations, highlighted how getting staff to buy into the digital

transformation was crucial,

With digitalisation, we did not have to operate so many counters. Of course, our staff were

concerned if they would lose their jobs. So, the management held many sessions with them,

explaining the need for change and how they can still play a role after we close the counters as

there is back room work to be done. That helped to get our staff to be with us in this transition to


Chia acknowledged the impact of digitalisation on people and jobs, “Displacement of people is

always the number one concern for many organisations that go through the process of digitalisation”.

VSG managed this predicament through the redesign of work and a careful analysis of the profiles

of its 300-over staff. Senior officers near retirement were given the reassurance of no layoffs. They

continued to work until they reached the official retirement age of 62.23 Middle-aged officers were

retrained, reskilled, and redeployed to become Service Ambassadors stationed at the electronic lobby

of the Customer Service Centre. Similar to the scene at a bank lobby, members of the public were

greeted and assisted by Service Ambassadors armed with handheld devices such as iPads.

Transition of Motor Dealers Motor dealers were among the first group of users who underwent the transition in 2006. Ng Lay

Choo, Director of Vehicle Service Development, recalled the challenges during the transition period

of one and a half years,

We went through a very difficult journey with them. We started the transition process many

months ahead of the rollout, and conducted training sessions, going through screen-by-screen,

teaching them what to do. When we first cut off counter services after rolling out the e-services,

they rushed to our counters asking us for help. This was because they were not familiar with the

Internet, and some of them did not know how to use a mouse! Some had just bought their

computers and did not know how to access a URL [a website address] while others did not know

how to key in their password.

23 From 1999 to 2021, the official retirement age in Singapore was 62 years old. Faris Mokhtar, “Retirement and Re-employment Ages

to be Raised by 3 Years, CPF Contribution Rates for Older Workers to Go Up”, TODAY, November 26, 2021,

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/govt-raise-retirement-age-65-and-re-employment-age-70-2030-cpf-contribution-rates-older, accessed April 2022.

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To facilitate the transition, the VSG team painstakingly rendered assistance to individual dealers who

needed help. A mobile IT support team was formed to visit the dealers’ offices and offer help to set

up the latter’s computers, as well as to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues. Through a high

degree of handholding, the team also provided one-on-one system walkthrough for the dealers, who

were mostly sole proprietors consumed by the day-to-day running of a ‘one-person show’ business.

Public Expectations Digitisation had not only changed the way LTA delivered its services, but also altered the nature of

interactions between the government and members of the public. With the replacement of counter

services and the loss of the ‘human touch’ element of customer experience, the public’s mindset

about the way the agency rendered assistance to motorists would need to be addressed. Said Diane

Chow, Director of Foreign Vehicle Permits & Customer Services,

As we move to the digital realm and encourage people to self-serve, the human interaction is

taken away and that is most challenging when it comes to dealing with members of the public. It

is not a matter of whether they know how to use the digital services, but whether they want to use

it. So, when given a choice, people who enjoy face-to-face interactions would still visit us. Many

people have told us that they like to come to Sin Ming to chat with our staff because they are so

friendly and seem to know everything under the sky about private vehicles.

Chow also highlighted that Service Ambassadors took the opportunity to socialise the advantages of

transacting online to visitors who dropped by the Customer Service Centre. To increase buy-in to the

digital platform, the message focused on convenience. Drawing attention away from counter service

by appointment, motorists could also access the OneMotoring portal from their mobile phones or via

mobile apps (AXS m-station and SingPost) and kiosks (AXS and SAM) located island-wide for their


In addition to convenience, the design of the portal was guided by principles of simplicity and user-

friendliness. Specifically, a transaction would not require the user to navigate many web pages and

would take no longer than five minutes. Motorists would also find their personalised dashboard

useful in displaying their vehicle-related information at a glance. Another practical feature was

electronic notification deposited in their dashboard with an SMS sent to alert the recipient25. In the

move towards paperless automation, reminders and status updates were pushed to the mobile phones

of users, thus replacing the mailing of hardcopy letters. Along the way, in response to public feedback,

the contents of the messages were simplified. Doing away with the need to log on to the portal to

retrieve the e-letter sent to the user’s OneMotoring dashboard, the SMS message would indicate the

action required – whether the road tax was due, or the vehicle was due for inspection, or if insurance

was needed.

Understanding that adapting to change can take time, LTA provided a six-month period for vehicle

owners to familiarise themselves with the e-notifications, while allowing them to opt out and

continue receiving hardcopy letters. “It was a very considered and deliberate move to win people

over”, Chia admitted. Again, he emphasised the importance of having a comprehensive stakeholder

24 AXS m-station (mobile app) and kiosk came under the AXS Network of payment services. SAM (self-service automated machines)

were kiosks operated by SingPost, a local postal service provider. 25 Short Message Service (SMS) was a text messaging service for mobile phone users.

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engagement strategy to manage the transition, and he regarded it as the biggest lesson learned. To

him, “no one should be left behind in the digitalisation journey”.

Collaborative Partners

Behind the scenes that underpinned the massive effort to deliver the portal was a partner ecosystem

that LTA had established with multiple government bodies and commercial entities, such as the

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, Netrust, and SingPost (refer to Exhibit 3 for an overview of

the backend vehicle registration and licensing system).

Internally within LTA, a whole community had been rallied around the portal – IT engineers, internal

auditors, procurement officers, revenue collection officers, and traffic enforcement officers.

Externally, LTA worked closely with more than a dozen agencies. Among them were the

Government Technology Agency (as a technology advisor), Cyber Security Agency (as a

cybersecurity consultant), Singapore Customs (on the open market value of vehicles) and

enforcement agencies including the Singapore Police Force (on investigating traffic offences) and

National Environment Agency (on vehicular emissions).

Harnessing Shared Technologies

As a government agency, the opportunity to ride on central digital infrastructure was priceless. LTA

realised these common services were immensely beneficial in the early 2000s, when it was struggling

with a missing piece of the technology – user authentication.

Singpass and Corppass, the national authentication systems, were the resolution to this problem and

were quickly adopted by the OneMotoring portal. Singpass and Corppass are the digital identity of

Singapore citizens or residents over 15 years old and corporate entities to allow each individual/entity

to access government and private sector services. Along with MyInfo (a service that auto-populates

profile information upon the user’s authorisation)26, which was launched subsequently in 2016, Chia

considered these common government services one of the breakthroughs that LTA had been waiting


Moving Forward

Pursuing Improvements

Serving the vast motoring community for over one decade since 2006, the VRLS was due for a

refresh. Chia revealed, “We are reaching yet another milestone of redeveloping it. At the same time,

we will also consider new technologies that can help us strengthen and future-proof our system”.

The impetus for overhauling the existing system came from citizens’ expectations of government

systems to be highly responsive to policy changes. Chia further explained, “One of the common

26 MyInfo was a digital government service that pre-filled online forms with the personal data of Singapore citizens and residents.

GovTech Singapore, “Myinfo – A “Tell Us Once” Service that facilitates Online Transactions for Individuals”, https://www.developer.tech.gov.sg/products/categories/digital-identity/myinfo/overview.html, accessed April 2022.

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challenges many public agencies faced is responsiveness – when a policy change was made quickly,

our systems may need three to six months to be upgraded, and this is not widely accepted by the

public”. He reckoned that technologies that supported agile software development, such as

microservices, would be of tremendous help towards a quicker pace of releasing new system features.

The plan for system revamp was considered alongside the exploration of innovative ways to solve

two long-tail problems. Firstly, about 5% of all transactions remained non-digital, either because the

motorists were not eligible for Singpass or the transactions required the sighting of physical

documents. Secondly, despite e-payments being on the rise in Singapore, a small number of people

insisted on paying by cash or cheque.

Reimagining New Possibilities

Chia envisaged a scenario in which a buyer would walk into a car showroom, sign the purchase

agreement, and the motor traders would complete the deal with car financing and motor insurance.

With the push of a button to register the new vehicle, all information would be updated into the new

system on the fly. Given the viability of technology to achieve the intended objective, his team was

also exploring popular emerging technologies to replace the existing monolithic, legacy mainframe

system. Containerised microservices, a Cloud hosting platform, and agile development methodology

were some examples that would enable faster deployment and reap significant cost savings.

In a separate scenario, Chia could foresee the challenges and opportunities accompanying the

electrification of motor vehicles. In fulfilling the broader vision of having all vehicles on the road to

run on cleaner energy by 2040, the government had started making a push for motorists to adopt

electric vehicles (EVs) in 2021.27 To support this push for EV, LTA would have to build up new

capabilities and expertise to handle multi-faceted areas, for example, planning for the EV charging

systems and perhaps even EV batteries. “There will certainly be a lot of learning and adapting in this

effort to transform the land transport sector”, Chia shared.

Notwithstanding prevailing uncertainties, LTA would continue to pursue the digital journey. Chow

noted, “I don’t think we will ever say: ‘We are there’. Digitalisation never ends. We will always be

journeying along”.

27 Tessa Oh, “Singapore's Electric Vehicle Journey in 2021: What Are The Key Developments?”, The Straits Times, December 29, 2021, https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/singapores-electric-vehicle-journey-in-2021, accessed April 2022.

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3 Oslo Zurich Oslo

4 Taipei Auckland Geneva

5 Lausanne Oslo Copenhagen

6 Helsinki Copenhagen Auckland

7 Copenhagen Geneva Taipei

8 Geneva Taipei Helsinki

9 Auckland Amsterdam Bilbao

10 Bilbao New York Dusseldorf

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