The National Environmental Agency (NEA) and Land Transport Authority (LTA) jointly put out a press release on 30 October, 2019 to announce an extension of the Vehicular Emission Scheme (VES).
The scheme was started last year and was due to expire Dec 31, 2019. It is now been extended to Dec 31, 2020 given its success in encouraging car owners in buying cleaner car models.
The VES provides rebates of up to S$20,000 to car buyers who buy cleaner car models.
At the same time, buyers of less clean car models will incur a surcharge of up to S$20,000.
VES takes into account emissions of 1) Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Hydrocarbons (HC), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Nitrogen Oxide (NOx), Particulate Matter (PM).
The worst performing pollutant will determine the band your car falls in.
For example, your car could be in the B band for Carbon Monoxide while all other emissions are in the A1 band. In this case, your car will still be classified in the B band.
The VES has been successful in encouraging the purchase of cleaner car models.
According to NEA and LTA, from July 2019 to June 2019, new cars registered (in the Certificate of Entitlement for Categories A and B) that fall under bands A1 and A2 have increased by 60%.
Meanwhile, cars which fall under bands C1 and C2 has fallen by 14%.
Steer expects the trend towards cleaner car models to continue as car owners become more incentivized to purchase cleaner cars.
NEA and LTA also said that the scheme will be reviewed regularly, suggesting that could be further refinements as emissions technologies advance and new car models get rolled out.
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