COEs finish mixed in the first round of bidding in June 2017

COE prices finished mixed in the round of bidding that ended June 7, 2017.
COE prices finished mixed in the round of bidding that ended June 7, 2017. ST PHOTO: FELINE LIM

SINGAPORE - While Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums ended mostly lower in the latest round of bidding on Wednesday (June 7), prices for commercial vehicles jumped more than 25 per cent.

From $30,600 two weeks ago (May 24), the COE for commercial vehicles closed at $38,501 during the latest round of bidding, which closed at 4pm. 

Mr Neo Nam Heng, chairman of diversified motor group Prime, said this is a spillover effect from April, when the COE for goods vehicles dropped to a six-year low of $26,501, driving demand.

However, the high prices may drive demand for these vehicles down once again and stabilise prices, he said. 

The downward trend continued for cars up to 1, 600cc, with premiums dipping 2.8 per cent, from $46,489 to $45,201. 

Also going down were premiums for cars above 1,600cc, from $53,001 to $50,110, a 5.5 per cent drop. 

This is because the demand for private-hire cars has reached its peak, said Mr Neo, pointing to the Private-Hire Car Drive Licencing regulations that will come into effect from next month as a possible reason. 

“The demand is declining,” he said. 

For the vehicles in the open category, prices dropped from $52,000 previously to $50,526. 

Only motorcycle COEs remained constant, staying at $6,101 from the last round of bidding. 

Latest COE results:

Category Current COE premium ($) Previous COE premium ($)
A - Car (1600cc & below) 45,201 46,489
B - Car (above 1600cc)  50,110 53,001
C - Goods vehicle & bus 38,501 30,600
D - Motorcycle 6,101 6,101
E - Open 50,526 52,000

Source: Land Transport Authority