COE tweaks 'penalise more efficient cars'
Dealers may bring in lower-tech cars with high carbon emission, say critics
Several parties have come out in opposition to the Government's decision to use engine power as a criterion for the certificate of entitlement (COE) system, which they say punishes cars with more efficient engines.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, MP Hri Kumar Nair (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC) said differentiating cars by engine capacities and power output is "meaningless" as this disadvantages more efficient cars.
He favours promoting cleaner, more energy efficient cars and suggested allocating more COEs to such cars and bringing down their prices to make them more affordable than less efficient ones.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced last week that from next February, only cars with 130bhp or less fall into Category A. This criterion is on top of the existing criteria that limits Cat A cars to a maximum engine capacity of 1,600cc. This is to disqualify more powerful luxury cars, which are crowding out lower-priced mass market ones.