Environmental considerations kept out of COE tweak, says Lui [News]
By Woo Sian Boon, TODAY, 21 Sep 2013.
The recent tweak to the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) system has come under sharp criticism — including from a Member of Parliament and a major car-parts supplier — with some saying it could lead to dealers bringing in cars that are less fuel efficient.
Responding to the slew of criticisms for the first time, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew yesterday said that the Government had “deliberately decided”, in this particular exercise, not to conflate environmental considerations with the objective of improving social equity in car ownership.
“What we have done actually goes quite a long way to addressing the original intent of why we have Category A and Category B,” said Mr Lui, as he pointed out that the Carbon-Emissions-based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS) has shown “promising results” in incentivising buyers to go for cars which emit less carbon dioxide.
Mr Lui was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a Transport Ministry event marking the fundraising of S$1 million in aid of the Community Chest.
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