We refer to Mr Dave Yap’s letter “Half-yearly inspection should apply only to heavy-goods vehicles’ (TODAY, 11 Aug 2014).
Goods vehicles travel longer distances and carry heavier loads in comparison to cars. Therefore, they are subject to more wear and tear. The average annual mileage of goods vehicles is about 40,000km which is more than twice the average annual mileage of 19,000km for cars. Hence, goods vehicles are subject to a statutory lifespan of 20 years and must be scrapped after the second five-year COE renewal.
Due to the heavier usage, goods vehicles are inspected more frequently than cars, yearly in the first 10 years and half yearly thereafter to ensure owners continue to maintain their vehicles in roadworthy conditions. The age of the vehicle is used to determine the frequency of inspections as it is a good proxy for the condition of the vehicle and its components.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority