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By PPSL / Cars / Mar 02, 2017


Budget 2017 announced several upcoming policy changes that will affect many motorists in Singapore. Let’s take a look at some of these changes and other interesting news so everyone’s kept up to speed. If you happen to find them useful or intriguing, do help to share them with your friends and family.

1. Taxes On Diesel Vehicles

From 20th February 2017, the government has introduced a volume-based duty at S$0.10 per litre on automotive diesel, industry diesel and diesel components in biodiesel to encourage lower diesel-usage. However, Special Tax on diesel cabs and cars will be lowered by $850 and $100 respectively. This means that annual road tax on these vehicles would be reduced and users will now be taxed based on diesel consumption instead.

Commercial diesel vehicles will get to enjoy 100% rebate on road tax for a year in addition to two years of partial road tax rebate. Cash rebates can also be expected for diesel school buses.

BMW 320d

2. Two Vehicle Incentive Schemes

A new Vehicular Emissions Scheme, from 1st January 2018, will substitute the Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS). Scheduled to run for two years, the proposed scheme will account for four extra pollutants in addition to carbon dioxide. Currently, vehicles with lower-carbon emissions already come with savings in the form of CEVS. The new scheme will help consumers learn about the emission-status of each car more comprehensively and incentivize buyers of lower emission vehicles.

Next, the Early Turnover Scheme (ETS) will be stretched to 31st July 2019, to urge more users to change their older commercial diesel vehicles for an environmentally-friendlier one. Basically, owners get more COE bonus on their next vehicle the sooner they replace. Unused COE can be relayed to the new diesel vehicle too. Moreover, the scheme will now be applicable to existing vehicle owners of Euro II and III commercial diesel vehicles - an enhancement from Pre-Euro/ Euro I diesel vehicles only.

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3. Next-generation ERP System

From the year 2020; the next-generation Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system will be prevalent across the island, replacing the current in-vehicle unit (IU) method. A new smartphone-shaped unit will be used to charge motorists based on actual travelled distance instead. Other uses of the new device include: early-notification of chargeable routes, real-time traffic information, coupon-free parking (roadside) and auto-payment when driving during peak period for red-plate vehicle owners.

New ERP Unit Coming Soon

4. NETS FlashPay

A change that has materialized progressively is the increased adoption of NETS FlashPay Cards over NETS Cash Cards. The main difference is that it allows swift and contactless payment with just a tapping/ waving motion.

For motorists; this convenience translates to auto-payment when parking without having to wind down your window to insert the NETS Cash Card. As long as you’re using the second-generation IU (those installed from 2009), you’ll be able to use NETS FlashPay. This is incredibly useful since all HDB’s parking system has been upgraded to accommodate NETS FlashPay. Furthermore, you could arrange for automatic top-up for your NETS FlashPay and never worry about falling short in value.

However, before you throw your NETS Cash Cards away, bear in mind that many commercial buildings may still be using the old gantry system (which does not accept NETS FlashPay).

NETS FlashPay

5. Road Tax Discs

As you may know by now, Land Transport Authority (LTA) has ceased to issue road tax discs with effect from 15th February 2017. The removal of road tax discs saves time and money from producing new ones upon every road tax renewal and when changing vehicles. Evidently, it’s also an environmentally friendly move in a bid to reduce paper usage.

Going forward, motorists will receive notification when road tax payment is due. You may configure the notification method via SingPass. Make your payment diligently as LTA enforcement officers can check the validity of your vehicle’s road tax online. Likewise, you’ll be able to do the same for verification purposes. 

No More Road Tax Discs

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Source: Straits Times


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Recent News For Drivers


By PPSL / Cars / Mar 02, 2017


Budget 2017 announced several upcoming policy changes that will affect many motorists in Singapore. Let’s take a look at some of these changes and other interesting news so everyone’s kept up to speed. If you happen to find them useful or intriguing, do help to share them with your friends and family.

1. Taxes On Diesel Vehicles

From 20th February 2017, the government has introduced a volume-based duty at S$0.10 per litre on automotive diesel, industry diesel and diesel components in biodiesel to encourage lower diesel-usage. However, Special Tax on diesel cabs and cars will be lowered by $850 and $100 respectively. This means that annual road tax on these vehicles would be reduced and users will now be taxed based on diesel consumption instead.

Commercial diesel vehicles will get to enjoy 100% rebate on road tax for a year in addition to two years of partial road tax rebate. Cash rebates can also be expected for diesel school buses.

BMW 320d

2. Two Vehicle Incentive Schemes

A new Vehicular Emissions Scheme, from 1st January 2018, will substitute the Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS). Scheduled to run for two years, the proposed scheme will account for four extra pollutants in addition to carbon dioxide. Currently, vehicles with lower-carbon emissions already come with savings in the form of CEVS. The new scheme will help consumers learn about the emission-status of each car more comprehensively and incentivize buyers of lower emission vehicles.

Next, the Early Turnover Scheme (ETS) will be stretched to 31st July 2019, to urge more users to change their older commercial diesel vehicles for an environmentally-friendlier one. Basically, owners get more COE bonus on their next vehicle the sooner they replace. Unused COE can be relayed to the new diesel vehicle too. Moreover, the scheme will now be applicable to existing vehicle owners of Euro II and III commercial diesel vehicles - an enhancement from Pre-Euro/ Euro I diesel vehicles only.

Choose Green Vehicles

3. Next-generation ERP System

From the year 2020; the next-generation Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system will be prevalent across the island, replacing the current in-vehicle unit (IU) method. A new smartphone-shaped unit will be used to charge motorists based on actual travelled distance instead. Other uses of the new device include: early-notification of chargeable routes, real-time traffic information, coupon-free parking (roadside) and auto-payment when driving during peak period for red-plate vehicle owners.

New ERP Unit Coming Soon

4. NETS FlashPay

A change that has materialized progressively is the increased adoption of NETS FlashPay Cards over NETS Cash Cards. The main difference is that it allows swift and contactless payment with just a tapping/ waving motion.

For motorists; this convenience translates to auto-payment when parking without having to wind down your window to insert the NETS Cash Card. As long as you’re using the second-generation IU (those installed from 2009), you’ll be able to use NETS FlashPay. This is incredibly useful since all HDB’s parking system has been upgraded to accommodate NETS FlashPay. Furthermore, you could arrange for automatic top-up for your NETS FlashPay and never worry about falling short in value.

However, before you throw your NETS Cash Cards away, bear in mind that many commercial buildings may still be using the old gantry system (which does not accept NETS FlashPay).

NETS FlashPay

5. Road Tax Discs

As you may know by now, Land Transport Authority (LTA) has ceased to issue road tax discs with effect from 15th February 2017. The removal of road tax discs saves time and money from producing new ones upon every road tax renewal and when changing vehicles. Evidently, it’s also an environmentally friendly move in a bid to reduce paper usage.

Going forward, motorists will receive notification when road tax payment is due. You may configure the notification method via SingPass. Make your payment diligently as LTA enforcement officers can check the validity of your vehicle’s road tax online. Likewise, you’ll be able to do the same for verification purposes. 

No More Road Tax Discs

Thank You For Reading!

Follow us on Facebook, by clicking Like, for more Car Tips! 

Source: Straits Times


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