Thursday, April 26, 2018

If vehicles are to be banned for pollution, shouldn't all vehicles be tested and those who fail emissions standard banned?

Since around July 2015, the motorcycle COE prices has been around $6,000, as a result, many poorly maintained motorcycle would be scrapped and off the roads after 10 years.

Many of the smaller bikes with high mileage would be scrapped off due to the high COE. Owners knowing that they will scrap their motorcycles as they will not renew may spend money on maintenance on their motorcycle as they know it will be scrapped, which can result in more pollution.

I own a BMW 1999 K1200LT is a fuel injection motorcycle which gets me 20km/l and it has a closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, compliant with EU3 emission standard, which I meticulously maintain as I occasionally travel to Malaysia and need to make sure it is road worthy.

Even though the motorcycle is almost 20 years old, it runs like new and it has less than 60,000 km on it. I usually ride it on nights and weekends. Like me, there are many big bike owners use their bikes for touring and most of them have relatively low mileage on them. The owners would own other vehicles or take the bus for daily transportation needs. How can we be considered to pollute if we don’t use it much?

The incentive seems to benefit people for something which they are already doing -- not renewing their COE, and for the underused well maintained motorcycles, the ban is a death sentence for our beloved underused motorcycles.

I feel that motorcyclists are targeted with this measure, and yet 15 year or older vehicles are exempted. Even when my seldom used fuel injected motorcycle pollute less, it is subjected to a ban while some od vehicles are allowed to be on the roads every day.

I don't understand why a blanket ban by NEA is needed, when clearly LTA does inspections on the motorcycles yearly to ensure we do not pollute, and if any vehicles, that cannot meet the standards, should they all be banned if NEA truly wants to control pollution and not just target motorcyclists?

If the vehicles are to be banned, shouldn't it be done by LTA. The arbitrary ban a specific group of vehicles because of the age of the vehicle seems rather discriminatory, just like the recent tax hike on motorcycles which did not reduce COE prices, and just cause motorcycle prices to increase, while luxury car drivers who own supercars are not affected. 

-- Ironbowl

My 1999 K1200LT is compliant with EU3 Emissions Standard.

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