Tiered Additional Registration Fee Structure

News Releases
25 Feb 2013

1.     As announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam in the Budget Statement 2013, a tiered Additional Registration Fee (ARF) structure will replace the existing flat rate of 100 per cent of the Open Market Value (OMV) for cars, taxis, and goods-cum-passenger vehicles.

2.     The intent of the tiered ARF structure is to achieve a more progressive vehicle tax system.

Tiered ARF Structure

3.     The tiered ARF structure is as follows::

Vehicle OMV

ARF Rate

First $20,000 of the OMV

100% of OMV

Next $30,000 of the OMV (i.e. $20,001 to $50,000)

140% of Incremental OMV

Remaining OMV Above $50,000

180% of Incremental OMV


Please refer to the Annex for examples.

4.     The tiered ARF structure will apply to all cars, including imported used cars, and goods-cum-passenger vehicles registered with Certificate of Entitlements (COEs) obtained from the first bidding exercise in March 2013 onwards.

5.     For taxis, classic cars and COE-exempted cars that do not need to bid for COEs,1  the new ARF rates will apply upon registration of the vehicle on or after 26 February 2013.

Revised COE Bidding Schedule in March and April 2013

6.     To give consumers and the motor industry more time to adjust to the changes, the first COE bidding exercise in March 2013 will be deferred by one week. Subsequent bidding exercises in March and April 2013 will be adjusted accordingly.

7.     The revised COE bidding schedule for March and April 2013 is as follows::

Bidding Exercise

Exercise Start Date

Exercise End Date

1st Exercise, March 2013

11 March 2013

13 March 2013

2nd Exercise, March 2013

25 March 2013

27 March 2013

1st Exercise, April 2013

8 April 2013

10 April 2013

2nd Exercise, April 2013

22 April 2013

24 April 2013


8.     The COE bidding schedule for subsequent months (May 2013 to December 2013) will not be affected.


1 a) Taxi operators pay the Prevailing Quota Premium (PQP) of Category ‘A’ at the point of registering a taxi.

b) Classic car owners pay 10% of the PQP of the relevant car category at the point of registering a classic  car.