We refer to Mr Ong Choon Yok’s letter “Fix inequality between off-peak, foreign cars” (7 Feb 2017).
The Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) and Revised Off-Peak Car schemes serve different objectives. The VEP is meant to deter the use of a foreign-registered vehicle in Singapore on a regular basis. As we do not intend to penalise those who visit Singapore for short durations or infrequently, such as tourists, some concessions are given. Singaporeans are not permitted to own and drive a foreign-registered car in Singapore.
In contrast, under the Revised Off-Peak Car (ROPC) scheme, Singaporeans have an option to own a car at a lower cost, if they use their cars sparingly. ROPC owners enjoy a significant upfront tax rebate of up to $17,000, offset against the Quota Premium for a Certificate of Entitlement and the Additional Registration Fee, as well as an annual discount of up to $500 on annual road tax.
We thank Mr Ong for the opportunity to clarify.
Mr Ong Hui Guan
Deputy Group Director, Policy & Planning
Land Transport Authority