Joint Media Release by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) & NEA - New Vehicular Emissions Label from 1 January 2018

News Releases
21 Dec 2017

New label will disclose emissions levels of four additional pollutants 
covered under the Vehicular Emissions Scheme


Singapore, 21 December 2017 – The new Vehicular Emissions Scheme (VES) for all new cars, taxis and newly imported used cars, which replaces the current Carbon Emissions-Based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS), will take effect from 1 January 2018.

2      The VES will assess vehicles on four additional pollutants - hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and particulate matter (PM) - in addition to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The VES rebate or surcharge for the vehicle will be determined by the worst-performing pollutant of the five being assessed. This is to encourage buyers to choose models that have lower emissions across all five pollutants.

3      All vehicles registered from 1 January to 30 June 2018 will be exempted from the PM criteria under the VES. This is to give motor dealers more time to submit PM emissions information for assessment under the VES[1]. All vehicles registered from 1 July 2018 will be assessed on all five pollutants. Please refer to Annex A for the VES banding rebates and surcharges, and bands of examples of common car models under the VES.

4      To help potential vehicle buyers make informed decisions, the National Environment Agency and Land Transport Authority will introduce a new Vehicular Emissions Label to replace the Fuel Economy Label for cars. The new Vehicular Emissions Label will display the emissions bands of the five pollutants, the resultant VES rebate or surcharge, and the fuel economy of the car. Please refer to Annex B for the illustration of a Vehicular Emissions label. The Vehicular Emissions Label will have to be affixed on showroom cars displayed for sale with effect from 1 January 2018.

5      The Fuel Cost Calculator on the ONE.MOTORING website[2] will include the VES bands of car models approved for registration in Singapore on 1 January 2018. Consumers can use it to view and compare the VES bands and indicative fuel efficiency of various car models.

[1] As announced by National Environment Authority (NEA) on 13 June 2017, Port Fuel Injection (PFI) vehicles, which are not required to be tested for PM emissions under prevailing emission standards, will be assessed on PM under the VES. NEA gave motor dealers a six-month exemption from being assessed on PM under the VES to submit additional PM emissions information. From 1 July 2018 onwards, PFI vehicles that do not have PM emissions information will automatically fall into the maximum VES surcharge band ($20,000 surcharge).

[2] The Fuel Cost Calculator will go live on 1 Jan 2018, and public can access it using the following link -