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LUI TUCK YEW: WE ARE NOT CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR COE POLICY

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LUI TUCK YEW: WE ARE NOT CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR COE POLICY

Post by Darkmen on Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:42 am

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The recent tweak to the COE system saw a further distinction of Category A cars by restricting engine power as well as engine size. Category A COEs will only be for cars less than 1600cc with a engine power of no more than 97kW.

The move met some criticism as it penalizes more efficient small cars and may cause dealers to import more inefficient cars which will ultimately impact the environment.

In response, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said that the government had deliberately decided to ignore environmental consideration in the new tweaks.

This, he justified, was because the main aim was to improve social equity instead.

“What we have done actually goes quite a long way to addressing the original intent of why we have Category A and Category B,”

He explained that engine power was used as the measure as it is simple and easy to police.

Despite the changes being announced, the COE premiums for both big and small cars hit seven month highs this week to which Minister Lui said are just "fluctuations" that are expected.

The new COE rules will come into effect from next year.

Many people continue to criticize the whole COE system as flawed. Even PAP MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, Hri Kumar, said that "If a system has no backbone, it will wilt under pressure" on his facebook in reference to the COE tweaks.

Minister Lui disagrees and insisted that the COE system is "Fundamentally sound".

This is the conclusion that he has drawn from the many discussions and feedback that LTA recently received.

Talking a bit further about the environment, Minister Lui said that the discussion of environment should also extend to public transport instead of only focusing on "which car is cleaner" as moving to public transport is more environmentally friendly anyway.

He further explained that the LTA has looked into this whole issue very carefully and even addressed loopholes such as tuning down a car's engine power.

It is understood that LTA will be looking at what the standard for the car models are overseas as well as pre-registration checks to make sure there is no artificial "tuning down" of engines to fit into Cat A.
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