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Achieving Cleaner Transport


To reduce the pollutants produced by our transport system, we have introduced schemes and technologies to promote the use of cleaner transport.

Lowering Carbon Emission

From 1 Jan 2018, all new cars, taxis and newly imported used cars are to be assessed under the Vehicular Emissions Scheme (VES). The rebate or surcharge applied to a vehicle will be determined by its emission levels for five pollutants. The Vehicular Emissions Label will have to be affixed on showroom cars displayed for sale to provide the necessary information to car buyers on car models with lower carbon emissions.

Consumers can view and compare VES brands of approved car models using the Fuel Cost Calculator [link].

Improving Air Quality

Fine particulate matter known as PM2.5 can penetrate deep into the lungs and have been linked to respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses. To protect public health, the Government is working to reduce the PM2.5 level of the air in Singapore. Our goal is to reduce the level from 20μg/m3 in 2013 to 12μg/m3 by 2020 and to reduce the level to 10μg/m3 in the long term. Transport contributes about 50% of the ambient PM2.5 level in our environment due to vehicular exhaust emissions, particularly those from diesel-driven vehicles. Therefore as part of our efforts to reduce particulate matter, the Early Turnover Scheme was introduced in April 2013 and further enhanced in August 2017 to incentivise the early replacement of more pollutive diesel vehicles. Owners of the older diesel commercial vehicles would be given a discount on the price they would need to pay for a COE, in addition to not having to bid for one. 

Encouraging Greener Forms of Commuting

To boost the appeal of cycling and walking as transport options, we have invested in infrastructure such as more sheltered walkways, cycling paths and bicycle racks at MRT stations.