Three initiatives to help buyers make informed decisions
1. Car buyers who are planning to buy a car model with better fuel efficiency and lower carbon emissions will find it easier to do so from 1 July 2012. In preparation for the Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle (CEV)1 scheme, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will take over the administration of the Fuel Economy Labelling Scheme (FELS) from the National Environment Agency (NEA). LTA will also launch three initiatives to help consumers make more informed decisions next month.
2. Mr Colin Lim, LTA's Group Director for Vehicle and Transit Licensing said, "LTA's aim is to help car buyers be more aware of the importance of carbon emission performance and fuel efficiency when buying a car. These measures will make such information more transparent and accessible to consumers. This will help buyers save money in terms of fuel costs and also reduce carbon emissions, which is in line with our objective of promoting an environmentally sustainable land transport system."
3. The three initiatives are:
- New Fuel Economy Label
The new label will highlight the model's carbon emissions per kilometer (CO2/km), fuel consumption and relative carbon emission performance. The label will also show the car banding under the upcoming CEV scheme and corresponding rebate or surcharge to encourage consumers to shift to more fuel efficient and lower carbon emission models.
The new label, which will carry LTA's logo, is required to be affixed on cars and light goods vehicles2 (LGVs) that have been approved from 1 July 2012 and are displayed for sale.
- New FELS Brochure 'Taking you further with Lower Fuel Usage'
A new FELS brochure to educate buyers on the advantages of choosing fuel efficient cars, how to read the new fuel economy label, and the CEV scheme will be available at all car showrooms and the ONE.MOTORING website from 1 July 2012.
- New FELS Online Database and Fuel Cost Calculator
A new FELS online database and fuel cost calculator will be available at the ONE.MOTORING website (www.onemotoring.com.sg) from 1 July 2012. Consumers can use the online database and fuel cost calculator to select the car make, model and fuel type to check the estimated annual fuel cost3 for new models. The carbon emission and fuel efficiency of the make/model will also be displayed. Users can compare the fuel costs and possible savings, as well as emissions level and fuel efficiency information of up to two different makes/models at any one time.
As additional car makes and models are approved by LTA under the new FELS, their fuel efficiency and carbon emissions information will be progressively added to the database.)
4. For the motor industry, LTA's take-over of FELS will streamline the vehicle type approval process for motor traders by offering a one-stop centre for all vehicle type approval4 -related processes for cars and LGVs. LTA will be sending letters to motor traders to inform them of LTA's take-over of the administration of FELS.)
5. Public and motor dealers can call the LTA 1800-CALL LTA (2255-582) for enquiries on FELS from 1 July 2012.
Annex A: New Fuel Economy Label
Annex B: Fuel Economy Online Database and Cost Calculator
Annex C: Brochure 'Taking you further with Lower Fuel Usage'
1 As announced in Budget 2012, a new Carbon Emissions-Based Vehicle (CEV) scheme will be implemented from 1 January 2013. Under the CEV scheme, all new car and imported used cars registered from 1 January 2013 with carbon emissions of less than or equal to 160g carbon emissions per kilometre (CO2/km), will qualify for significant rebates of between $5,000 and $20,000 as an offset against the vehicle’s Additional Registration Fee (ARF) payable. Cars with carbon emissions equal to or more than 211g CO2/km, will incur a corresponding registration surcharge between $5,000 and $20,000 from 1 July 2013.
2 Light goods vehicles will remain under the Green Vehicle Rebate scheme and their Fuel Economy Labels will be without the related CEV scheme information.
3 The fuel cost calculation is based on fuel price figures from PetrolWatch Singapore (www.petrolwatch.com.sg)
4 “Type approval” refers to a process where a new model is inspected before deciding whether to allow it to be sold in Singapore. ody>