Singapore uses the Vehicle Quota System and vehicle ownership tax to moderate the growth of our vehicle population at a rate that can be supported by our road network. These include the Registration Fee, Additional Registration Fee, Preferential Additional Registration Fee, Excise Duty, Road Tax and Special Tax.
A Registration Fee of S$220 covers the costs of registering a vehicle in Singapore. It is collected upon registration of the vehicle.
Additional Registration Fee
The Additional Registration Fee (ARF) is a tax imposed upon registration of a vehicle. It is calculated based on a percentage of the Open Market Value (OMV) of the vehicle.
Preferential Additional Registration Fee
The Preferential Additional Registration Fee (PARF) benefit is granted to a vehicle owner who de-registers his car through scrap or export before the car reaches 10 years old. This ensures a relatively young and roadworthy fleet for smooth flowing traffic.
Excise Duty is a tax imposed and collected by Singapore Customs. Like the ARF, the Excise Duty is also calculated based on a percentage of the OMV of the vehicle.
All vehicle owners must have a valid road tax for their vehicles before these vehicles can be used on the roads.
Most vehicles’ road taxes are renewable on a six-monthly or yearly basis. Vehicle owners must fulfil the prerequisites (e.g. obtain motor insurance coverage for the new road tax renewal period, pass the periodic vehicle inspection, etc.) prior to the renewal of the vehicle road taxes.
See Road Tax Online Renewal e-Guide at ONE.MOTORING
A Special Tax is levied on diesel cars and is payable in addition to the road tax of the vehicle.
A petrol duty is imposed to encourage fuel conservation and discourage excessive use of vehicles that may contribute to congestion and pollution. From 20 February 2017, a volume-based duty on automotive diesel, industrial diesel and the diesel component of biodiesel was introduced to encourage users to reduce diesel consumption.