We refer to Mr Glen Goh Kwang Yih’s letter “Why do parallel-import cars have longer inspection period?” (TODAY, 9 Oct 2014).
There is no difference in the approval process for new car models brought in by parallel importers and authorised dealers. All new car models that are brought into Singapore have to go through a series of inspections, or what is known as the homologation process, to ensure that these new models are safe for use on our roads.
For new car models that are brought into Singapore for the first time, a longer inspection period should be expected as LTA needs to verify the detailed specifications of the new car model.
Since 1 July 2014, new Cat A car models with maximum power output of between 81kW and 97kW are subjected to additional tests and such models will take up to two to four months for approval. Based on the 2013 statistics, this affects less than 15% of type approval applications for Category A cars. Car models that do not fall into this category and existing models that undergo a facelift will generally take a shorter time for approval.
We thank Mr Goh for his feedback.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority