Joint News Release by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) & NEA - Early Turnover Scheme for Category C Euro 2 and Euro 3 Emission Standards Diesel Vehicles Extended by One Year to 31 July 2020

News Releases 17 Jun 2019 Early Turnover Scheme (ETS)

Singapore, 17 June 2019 – To give vehicle owners more time to replace their old diesel commercial vehicles with newer and less pollutive ones, the existing Early Turnover Scheme (ETS) for Category C (Cat C) diesel vehicles with Euro 2 or Euro 3 emission standards[1] will be extended by one year to 31 July 2020.

2          Cat C diesel commercial vehicles are major local sources of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution in Singapore.[2] Euro 2 and Euro 3 Cat C diesel vehicles account for about 30 per cent of the Cat C diesel vehicle population but almost half of the population’s PM and NOx emissions. Replacing a Euro 2 or Euro 3 Cat C diesel vehicle with a Euro 6 diesel model can reduce tailpipe emissions of PM and NOx by more than 90 per cent and 60 per cent, respectively.

3          First introduced in 2013 for Cat C diesel vehicles registered before 1 January 2001, which are predominantly the Pre-Euro and Euro 1 models, the ETS was extended in 2015 to Cat C diesel vehicles with Euro 2 and Euro 3 emission standards. The ETS has yielded positive results in turning over old pollutive diesel commercial vehicles, with more than 44,000 old diesel commercial vehicles already replaced with cleaner vehicles under the ETS.[3]

Encouraging Cleaner Alternatives

4          Although newer diesel vehicles are cleaner than older ones, diesel vehicles are still major contributors of PM and NOx pollution in Singapore. Switching to a non-diesel vehicle can reduce PM and NOx emissions more. Dealers are encouraged to introduce cleaner commercial vehicle models to the market for the industry’s adoption during the extension. Future turnover schemes, if any, will favour the turnover to cleaner alternatives.

5          Vehicle owners and motor dealers may contact NEA at 1800-CALL NEA (2255-632) for enquiries on the ETS. More information on the ETS can be found at


[1] I.e. those registered between 1 January 2001 and 30 September 2006.

[2] PM can penetrate the lungs and contribute to heart attacks, strokes, and even dementia; while NOx is a key contributor to the formation of ground level ozone, which can cause respiratory problems. NOx also increases the risk of respiratory infection and impair lung functions in asthmatics. Singapore currently does not meet our 2020 air quality targets for PM10, PM2.5 and ozone. Refer to Annex A for Singapore’s air quality targets.

[3] As of 31 May 2019.

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