A 5.8km stretch of PIE, spawning from between Clementi Avenue 6 and Adam Road, have been widened! Works began in July 2011, and the first bits were opened to traffic in July 2013. The widening has added one lane to both sides of the expressway, and also expanded the structures of the existing Eng Neo, Chantek and Anak Bukit Flyovers.
As this is the main expressway link for traffic between the eastern and western ends of the island, it is hoped that the widened PIE will reduce congestion, and make travel for those living on the far ends of the island more pleasant.Pictures used for illustration purposes only.
News just in. The 23 year old COE system will be undergoing a major revamp according to Transport Minister, Lui Tuck Yew, at a press conference this morning.
The biggest change announced was that cars with engine power exceeding 130bhp will be classified under the Cat B COE. This new criterion comes amid the existing ruling that a Cat A car's engine capacity must not exceed 1,600cc.
This would mean that cars like the Volvo V40 (180bhp) and Mercedes-Benz A200 (156bhp) will be pushed into Cat B with the larger capacity cars.
According to the minister, the criteria will be reviewed every few years to keep pace with current market trends and improvements in automotive technology.
This comes amidst efforts by LTA to separate premium cars with the mass-market bread and butter models.
The changes are the result of LTA feedback sessions conducted betwen May to July with the public and key industry figures.
LTA has chosen not to implement any penalties for car owners with multiple cars. According to LTA, there are many loopholes which buyers will be able to circumvent such a ruling.
1. As announced today by the Minister for Transport, Mr Lui Tuck Yew, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has completed the public consultation on possible refinements to the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) system to better ensure some element of social equity in car ownership.
2. After careful consideration, LTA will retain the existing criterion for Category (Cat) A that the engine capacity of the car should not exceed 1,600 cylinder capacity (cc), and add a new criterion that the engine power of the car should not exceed 97 kilowatts (kW) (equivalent to about 130 brake horsepower (bhp)). (Please refer to Annex A for more information on the proposed refinements to the COE system.)
3. LTA will not implement a surcharge on multiple car ownership, in view of concerns over its effectiveness and possible impact on larger households.
Fundamental principles of the COE framework are sound
4. The fundamental principles of the COE framework remain sound. The public consultation exercise showed that Singaporeans too, understand t...
Fundamental principles of the COE framework are sound
4. The fundamental principles of the COE framework remain sound. The public consultation exercise showed that Singaporeans too, understand the need for car ownership controls, and that car ownership is not in the same category as housing, health or education, which are basic necessities. In fact, some commented that the COE system is fundamentally sound and any changes should not detract from its core purpose of managing the vehicle population.
5. Nevertheless, over 80% of online survey respondents felt that the current COE categorisation criteria should be changed to better retain the original purpose of Cat A being for mass-market cars, in view of the rising proportion of premium cars appearing in Cat A in recent years.
New categorisation criteria for Category A and B cars
6. A new set of categorisation criteria to better delineate mass market from premium cars will be introduced. The new categorisation will retain the existing Cat A criterion that the engine capacity of the car should not exceed 1,600cc for Cat A, and add a new criterion that the engine power of the car should not exceed 97kW (equivalent to about 130 bhp). Had this additional engine power criterion been applied to the 2012 vehicle registrations, almost 50% of cars in Cat A would have moved into Cat B. (Please refer to Annex B1 for the list of Cat A car models registered in 2012 that would have been moved to Cat B under the new criteria, and Annex B2 and Annex B3 for the list of car models in Cat A and Cat B respectively under the new criteria.)
7. LTA acknowledges that many who were consulted favoured cars to be categorised based on their Open Market Value (OMV). However, it is not practical to use the OMV of a car model for categorisation as OMV can fluctuate quite significantly for different batches of the same car, due to variations in exchange rates and car model specifications. This means that the same car model can end up in Cat A and Cat B at different times.
8. Engine capacity had been a good proxy for the value of a car until recent years. The new twin criteria of engine capacity and engine power will be an improvement as a proxy for the value of a car, compared to the single criterion, while giving buyers certainty over the COE category of the car model they are intending to purchase. With the new criteria, more than 90% of the car models in Cat A will have an OMV of less than $20,000, which was the OMV threshold for Cat A/B most respondents preferred.
9. To keep pace with market trends and technological improvements, LTA will review the criteria every few years and consider if adjustments are necessary.
10. To give car buyers and the industry lead time to adjust, the change will only be implemented for all cars registered using COEs obtained from the February 2014 first open bidding exercise.
Mixed views on multiple car ownership surcharge; impossible to implement effectively
11. Today, there are other measures outside the COE system that address social equity in car ownership. For example, premium car buyers pay significantly more than buyers of mass-market cars through a tiered Additional Registration Fee and higher road tax.
12. Although imposing a further levy such as a multiple car ownership surcharge was a popular suggestion in the online survey, subsequent focus group discussions found no agreement on how the surcharge should be designed. Most agreed that such a surcharge would be easy to circumvent and extremely difficult to enforce, and could also unnecessarily penalise some groups (e.g. those in multi-generation households). Some were also concerned about the underlying principle of whether such a measure is fair, and the signal that it sends against our meritocratic system.
13. LTA will therefore not implement a multiple car ownership surcharge given the varied concerns and the difficulty of implementing such a surcharge effectively.
Pay-As-You-Bid (PAYB) system
14. Another common suggestion was a PAYB1 auction system, which is one we have periodically received over the years. The argument is that it will result in more conservative bidding and therefore lower COE premiums.
15. We have consulted experts in auction theory on this suggestion. They explained that our current open bidding system does not encourage aggressive bidding; in fact, it generally incentivises people to bid the true amount that they are willing to pay. From what we observe of the bids, very few bids are substantially above the final COE price. This suggests that bidders monitor the prices and are cautious about over-bidding.
16. According to experts in auction theory, an open PAYB system is likely to lead to a similar outcome. Industry watchers also caution that a PAYB system may not necessarily lead to lower COE prices overall no matter how risk-averse buyers are, as prices are ultimately driven by demand. (Please refer to Annex C for an explanation of the current and PAYB auction systems.)
17. Thus, LTA will not implement a PAYB system.
Ban motor dealers from COE bidding
18. Public feedback on calls to ban motor dealers from bidding for COEs has been mixed. While there were many who proposed to ban dealers from bidding, nearly half of the respondents to an earlier LTA survey were against doing so3.
19. A number of people noted that the COE bid price is ultimately dependent on buyers’ willingness-to-pay. Car buyers who supported allowing dealers to bid for COEs also said that they preferred the dealers to handle all the paperwork for registration, trading in, financing and insurance. Others felt it would be impossible to prevent people from getting their dealers to bid for them by proxy. Banning dealers from bidding could also result in buyers having to find separate financing for their COEs.
20. On balance, to preserve the option that buyers have today of bidding on their own or having dealers bid for them, LTA will not ban dealers from bidding for COEs.
Smoothening the supply of COEs
21. There were also suggestions made about smoothening COE supply, which are not new. LTA will continue to study if there is a practical way of putting aside some of the upswing in supply expected in the next few years, and to save them for the future when the supply of COEs turns downwards again.
Continued investments in public transport
22. Given Singapore’s scarce land resources, it is not possible for everyone to own a car. The Government will continue to invest heavily in improving the public transport experience, as public transport is the more sustainable mode of travel, as well as improve taxi services, to provide Singaporeans with a high degree of mobility.
Proton Exora in Cat B...? Do the idiots realize that lots of extended families not earning ministers' salaries need an MPV to ferry their extended families around. There should an additional catego...
Proton Exora in Cat B...? Do the idiots realize that lots of extended families not earning ministers' salaries need an MPV to ferry their extended families around. There should an additional category that budget MPVs like the Kia Carens and Proton Exora to be placed in. We're families. We're not singles driving a car alone to pose in. Bloody Hell can't wait for the next elections!!!!
Where are those that supported the 130hbp tweaked??
If 90% of the commentators and analyst said that the new implementation will not work, Why the ministry still annouced the news and said it wi...
Where are those that supported the 130hbp tweaked??
If 90% of the commentators and analyst said that the new implementation will not work, Why the ministry still annouced the news and said it will be implemented in Feb14.
Why we need thousands of people and professors and experts to study this topic for 4 months just to tweak the horse power.
What about the Green factor? What about so many models push to cat B?
What will change if any? Are we helping Japan and korea's car manufacturers and sidelined the European cars?
There are too many questions and we are seeing this implementation is a failure after the implemenation of Additional tax on Cat B car early this year (The ministry has made some of the cat B buyer to go to cat A and hence cat A coe premium had been increasing for the last few months since the implementation!!!!!!)
A video of the SMRT bus accident at Dairy Farm Road has been uploaded. The image captured is not only a glimpse into the accident but also shows how close the camera car came to being the second victim.
Like a scene out of the 1994 movie 'Speed' that starred Keanu Reeves, the runaway bus exits the BKE at high speed, jumps the kerb and seemingly goes airborne for a few moments before crashing back down to terra firma again.
Watch the clip below...
Toyota has recently revealed the eleventh generation of the world's best-selling car, the Toyota Corolla. It now features a new design which to some extent is inspired by the Furia Concept.
The new Corolla is physically bigger than its predecessor and has a longer wheelbase compared to the current model. This gives the car a bolder presence and the aggressive angles and sharp edges make it look sporty.
The interior has a new design where the dashboard leaning towards the driver, with a large touch panel in the middle, superb materials and a well done finish. The space for the occupants is bigger with more leg room.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla will launch with two 4-cylinder engines. One with a 1.8 litre unit with VVT-I with 132 hp and the other with a 1.8 litre unit with 140 hp. The new Toyota has a 7-Speed Continuously Variable Transmission (CVTi-S) which improves both the driving dynamics and efficiency. The models equipped with this feature will offer an ECO or SPORT driving mode.
52 year old oil trader Mr David Goh is supportive of measures that force those who own multiple cars to pay more to give some sense of fairness for the rest, but he says he is not doing so in support of the middle-class' aspirations to own a car.
In his opinion, cars are a luxury, abeit it's one he can afford; by his estimates, car owners fork out $1,500 monthly on fuel, road tax, Electronic Road Pricing charges, carpark fees and insurance. He says that the more cars one owns, the more burden one has to bear, and supports the notion of car sharing as an alternative to car ownership.
Car ownership has been made less possible in Singapore after the loan curb regulations have been put in place, for most of the time, the buyers do not have enough extra cash on hand to pay the 50% up front.
Speak for yourself. Cars are a necessity for families with 2 or more children. Imagine travelling to Dairy Farm from Tampines via public transport? If you have 3 or more kids you'll need 2 cabs. We...
Speak for yourself. Cars are a necessity for families with 2 or more children. Imagine travelling to Dairy Farm from Tampines via public transport? If you have 3 or more kids you'll need 2 cabs. We need a new rule to ensure that families with 2 or more children get some discounts for road tax and COE. We're not buying the car for showing off like some singles and buying many cars to show off like some of the rich. WE SERIOUSLY NEED IT!!! The bloody ruling party never listens. 2016 can't come soon enough!!!
Recently 3 cab companies couldn't comply with LTA's regulation of putting up enough cabs to go around in Singapore too. Doesn't help the situation.
12 Jun 2013
We Singaporeans are just PLAIN suckers...we pay everything at exorbitant prices just to get it...this reality doesn't change...face it people, cars will remain expensive, the less rich will not get...
We Singaporeans are just PLAIN suckers...we pay everything at exorbitant prices just to get it...this reality doesn't change...face it people, cars will remain expensive, the less rich will not get the chance to own it, and no policy will change this situation, as long as we leave it to Market Forces to determine the Price! Look at our housing prices, it explains the situation we are facing, or going to face, for car prices..
think this david goh gone senile liao.. i tried not having a car for a month and i suffered alot..lol yes they may say "got mrt, bus & taxi what..so easy mah"... try taking a bus with stroller/pram......
think this david goh gone senile liao.. i tried not having a car for a month and i suffered alot..lol yes they may say "got mrt, bus & taxi what..so easy mah"... try taking a bus with stroller/pram...see how 'simple' it is. try doing it when the bus is full of passengers... train? when will it be the 'just nice time' for family to take a ride? taxi? fuhh..the cost of travelling from toa payoh to tampines that $$ could easily fill in quarter of my car tank.
car sharing: did that..try that..still lots of "what if", "but i", "bro i need to use it today"...sometimes it's hard..
i've got 2 boys..no matter how..boys will be boys..can never sit still..it's not about luxury..it's more of need for family with little kids like us.
Ishan Palit, President & CEO, TÜV SÜD Asia Pacific,addresses the greatest challenges to the widespread adoption of electric-powered vehicles (e-vehicles).
The manufacturing, awareness and usage of e-vehicles has rapidly gathered pace over the last five years, buoyed by the introduction of attractive government incentives and mounting concerns about the future availability of oil and world’s burgeoning carbon footprint. A recent report from Pike Research, for example, predicts a total of 3.2 million electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will be sold between 2010 and 2015 with a compound annual growth rate of 106%.
These figures are unquestionably impressive and undeniably important, considering 19 percent of global energy use and 23 percent of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are currently attributable to transportation. But with the world’s automotive services geared towards supporting the 800 million fuel-powered vehicles that currently adorn our roads and escalating concerns from consumers around their practicality, e-vehicles are still some way off becoming a reality.
The potential for e-mobility is tremendous, bearing in mind demand and choice is rising, cost is falling and the target market is getting bigger by the day. However, its successful adoption requires an extra dose of affordability, education and transparency around performance.
The introduction of electric power for on-road vehicles brings a sea change in technology to the automotive sector. High-voltage components, for example, are required not only in engine and battery components but in all of the electronic controls. Unfortunately, such technologies come with potentially lethal risks. Education in high-voltage safety and handling of lithium-ion batteries is therefore imperative for anyone that comes into contact with e-vehicles on a regular basis, including staff at manufacturing plants, consumers, service providers, workshop mechanics and the emergency services.
Proficient training courses in handling such issues are already available in Asia Pacific from accredited third party providers. Adoption however, is severely lagging behind the uptake in electric vehicles. This is due to a lack of awareness and / or shared responsibility from the industry’s major stakeholders and should be tackled collectively through education.
According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the price of electric cars is more than three-quarters that of their petrol/diesel counterparts. This is primarily due to the high costs of production of efficient, effective and reliable batteries. Reducing battery prices to levels of economic viability is therefore a primary goal for electric vehicle manufacturers – especially because the more prices fall while fuel prices rise, the more economical e-cars become.
Manufacturing batteries at lower costs, however, has been a significant challenge for battery manufacturers for some time. And while battery technology is slowly advancing, it is unlikely that significant cost reductions will be realised for some years. Immediate solutions must therefore be sought in tandem, the most achievable of which is securing a second life for used batteries and extending their value. This is an area TÜV SÜD has been pioneering in close collaboration with leading e-vehicle manufacturers. At present, for example, we are developing the methodologies for the evaluation of retired batteries with the aim of establishing whether they could potentially be used as energy storage devices in green buildings. In theory, the added value this would bring to batteries would help manufacturers, or even consumers, recoup a significant proportion of their up-front costs.
One of the greatest concerns from consumers regarding e-vehicles is their range (i.e. the distance they can travel without needing to be recharged). A survey of motorists carried out by TÜV SÜD in 2009 revealed that while most people have a positive attitude towards e-mobility, over a third would only consider buying an electrically-powered car if a range of 300 km was guaranteed.
This distance may be achievable by some e-vehicles but they are few and far between and the challenge is consistency, especially during extreme internal and external conditions like low temperatures. In December 2010, we introduced a new standard for determining the range of e-cars, named the TÜV SÜD E-Car Cycle (TSECC), which was the first to take into account such effects. One e-car that was tested was deemed to have a range of 133 kilometres when determined in accordance with the legal test cycle defined in ECE-R101 at 23°C and without additional power consumption. However, when based on the TSECC carried out also at 23 degrees, but at a more realistic speed profile), the same car was revealed to have a range of range just 113 kilometres.
If consumers are going to not only buy but enjoy e-vehicles and increase sales through word of mouth, improved accuracy and transparency around range is imperative. It only takes a few customers to be left stranded tens of kilometres from home with no charging stations in the vicinity to spark outrage. And the consequences of this should not be underestimated. In today’s digital world, everyone has a voice. And one can quickly multiply.
Electric vehicles are our future – they have the potential to appease the world’s appetite for green products and services and more importantly significantly reduce our carbon footprint and our dependence on energy imports. However, the key to their success will be dependent on the diligence and patience of the industry’s major stakeholders. It is not about speed to market, it is about getting it right.
Ishan Palit, President & CEO, TÜV SÜD Asia Pacific
The Government, LTA......just look at the diesel situation. Lesser CO2 for Euro 4,5,6.... but does not apply to SG as the vehicles are not fitted with particulate filter. The Euro 4 thing here is j...
The Government, LTA......just look at the diesel situation. Lesser CO2 for Euro 4,5,6.... but does not apply to SG as the vehicles are not fitted with particulate filter. The Euro 4 thing here is just typical SG wayang.
I did say before, the Jurong Island is too big an investment to let go by going for EVs. Still, if the government claims to be far sighted, then I personally did not see it myself with regards to ...
I did say before, the Jurong Island is too big an investment to let go by going for EVs. Still, if the government claims to be far sighted, then I personally did not see it myself with regards to green transportation too given the lack of updates with regards to the EV initiatives until Jun 25th this year and this is after 1 year of inactivity too.
As for diesel usage I am also wondering what's holding them but one thing is for sure, diesel will decrease FC figure and that means less visits to the petrol station = less petrol tax.
It will take a massive political and economic determination to push pass this source of national income.