Singapore Car Showrooms are all set to Display New Vehicle Emissions Label from Jan 1 2018
BankBazaar Singapore – 27 December 2017
Singapore: In its endeavour to enhance Singapore’s air quality and promote the sales of greener vehicles, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that a new Vehicular Emissions Scheme (VES) will come into effect starting 1 January 2018. The new scheme, which affects all new domestic and imported cars as well as taxis, will replace the Carbon Emissions-Based Vehicular Scheme (CEVS).
According to the LTA, the move will help buyers choose vehicles with lower emissions and contribute to a cleaner and better environment. The new VES will evaluate vehicles for five different types of pollutants, including carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, particulate matter and nitrogen oxides. The current CEVS assesses vehicles only for carbon dioxide release, making it incompetent to be able to promote greener environment.
The LTA, in association with the National Environment Agency, will launch a new label for vehicular emissions to be displayed on the showroom cars. This new label will show emissions levels of all the aforementioned pollutants, along with the resultant surcharge or rebate, plus the fuel mileage of the vehicle. LTA said that the new label should be on showroom cars starting 1 January 2018.
To provide vehicle manufacturers with some time to adjust to the scheme, the authority said that the vehicles registered between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2018 will be exempted from the particulate matter criteria under VES. However, this exemption will also go away from 1 July 2018, following which the vehicles will be evaluated for all five pollutants.
Additionally, from 1 January 2018, the fuel cost calculator service available on the One.Motoring website will also allow car buyers to compare the fuel economy and VES bands of different car models.
In the Budget 2017, Singapore’s Finance Minister had announced plans to implement carbon tax from 2019 to cut carbon emissions.