Khaw Boon Wan: Private car owners need to continue paying for COE and road tax plus vehicle licensing fees during the circuit breaker period
Transport Minister Mr. Khaw Boon Wan has pointed out that they can still drive on the road for important work or personal activities such as buying groceries.
In a written parliamentary reply to Nominated MP Walter Theseira, he said his ministry had received requests to extend the COE, road tax and other related motor vehicle licenses validity period.
Associate Professor Theseira had also raised the issue when he asked if some relief could be given to reduce the cost of depreciation of motor vehicles given the effect of Covid-19 steps on the use of motor vehicles.
However Mr. Khaw pointed to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has already made adjustments to land transport services and charges. LTA extending the inspection date for private car owners who were initially expected to inspect their cars within the breaker time frame. This also extended the requirement for vocational drivers to request their medical records as their qualified licenses were renewed.
According to Mr. Khaw, he impact on the operators is "partly cushioned" by relief measures such as the Job Support Scheme, property tax rebates, waiver of the foreign worker levy and temporary suspension of Electronic Road Pricing.
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