Resumption of COE Bidding Exercises from 6 July

News Releases 18 Jun 2020 COE bidding

COE quota from suspension of bidding will be gradually returned to the market

         With the re-opening of motor vehicle dealerships and showrooms from 19 June, motor dealers will resume operations, including test drives by prospective vehicle buyers. Certificate of Entitlement (COE) bidding exercises will resume, starting with the first bidding exercise on Monday, 6 July. This provides a two-week period for motor dealers and vehicle buyers to plan and confirm vehicle purchases before the COE bidding exercises resume. Thereafter, COE bidding exercises will resume according to the schedule prior to the Circuit Breaker, opening on the first and third Mondays of each month.

Return of COE Quota from Suspension of Bidding

2        The accumulated COE quota of 19,490 from the suspended bidding exercises from April to June will be returned to the market over the next 12 months from July 2020 to June 2021.

3        In reviewing how to return the accumulated COE quota to the market, LTA has considered the need to ensure sufficient supply of COEs to meet the orders that have built up during the period of COE bidding suspension, as well as the need to smoothen the supply of COEs to ensure long-term market stability. To balance these needs, one-third of the accumulated quota will be returned over the first three months from July to September 2020. The remaining two-thirds of the accumulated quota will be returned over the subsequent nine months from October 2020 to June 2021.

4        This will result in an additional quota of:

a.     6,494 COEs across all categories for the period from July to September 2020; and

b.     12,996 COEs across all categories for the period from October 2020 to June 2021.

COE Quota for July 2020

5        Taking into account the additional quota returned from the suspended bidding exercises, the COE quota for the bidding exercises in July 2020 will be 8,737. Please refer to Annex A for more details.

6        The next COE quota announcement for the bidding period from August to October 2020 will be made in July 2020.

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