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In an effort to reduce air pollution, the National Environment Agency (NEA) is offering cash incentives, up to S$3,500, for owners of older and more pollutive motorcycles.
According to a press release, all motorcycle owners who registered their vehicles before 1 July 2003 will be eligible for the incentive if they have a valid 10-year COE as of 6 April 2018.
The incentive comprises of two components. $2,000 will be awarded to owners if their motorcycles are de-registered on or before 5 April 2023. If the motorcycle’s COE is not renewed on or after 7 April 2018, they will receive an additional $1,500 upon de-registration.
In addition, owners will also receive a rebate for any unused COE period upon de-registration.
At time of writing, around 27,000 motorcycle owners will be eligible for this incentive scheme. This incentive, however, will be ineligible to owners who have the 5-year non-renewable COE, the Classic, Vintage (Restricted), or the Revised Vintage Vehicle Schemes as of 6 April this year.
From 6 April 2023, older motorcycles will be required to meet tighter in-use standards. Lastly, they will no longer be allowed on roads from 1 July 2028, unless they are on the aforementioned schemes.
The main reason why NEA is targeting motorcycles is because they contribute around 50% of Carbon Monoxide (CO) emission from vehicles. Currently, motorcycles only make up 15% of the local vehicle population.
“Older motorcycles are more pollutive,” said NEA in a statement. “Those registered before 1 July 2003 (i.e. before the introduction of Euro I emission standards for motorcycles) emit up to about 10 times more CO and 30 times more Hydrocarbons (HC) compared to a Euro IV motorcycle today.”
“Such older motorcycles make up around 20% of Singapore’s motorcycle population, but account for about 40 per cent of CO emitted by motorcycles,” the agency added.
Eligible owners will receive a letter from NEA by the end of the month, informing them more of the incentive. Owners may also visit OneMotoring.com to check the registration dates of their vehicles.
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