​Khaw Boon Wan: Private Car Owners Must Continue Paying for COE and Road Tax

Motorist Khaw Boon Wan
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Bad news car owners. You’ll have to continue paying for your Certificate of Entitlement (COE) and road tax during this Circuit Breaker period, despite the fact that you’re probably driving less.

According to Mr Khaw, the reason for this is because private car owners are still able to use and drive their vehicles for “essential work or personal activities likes buying groceries”.

This topic was raised by Nominated MP Walter Theseira, who highlighted that his ministry had received requests to extend the validity of the COE for private cars, as well as the road tax and other relevant vehicle licences.

Associate Professor Theseira also suggested for relief to be provided to private car owners in order to help mitigate depreciation costs due to the impact of COVID-19.

However, Mr Khaw pointed out that the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has already made adjustments to help private car owners during this Circuit Breaker period.

One such adjustment is the extension of the inspection deadline for private cars. Vocational drivers will also have a longer deadline to submit their medical reports when renewing their vocational licences.

Other measures include suspending ERP operations in May, and allowing vehicle owners to continue using their vehicle, provided they have valid insurance coverage and road tax.

Until the COVID-19 situation improves, we guess private car owners will have no choice but to bite the bullet.

What are your thoughts on this? Share them with us in the comments below.

For more information on the Circuit Breaker extension, check out FAQ for vehicle owners.

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