No. S 188
Road Traffic Act
(Chapter 276)
Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Registration and Licensing) (Amendment No.2) Rules 1998
In the exercise of the powers conferred by sections 34 and 140 of the Road Traffic Act, the Minister for Communications hereby makes the following Rules:
Citation and commencement
1.  These Rules may be cited as the Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Registration and Licensing) (Amendment No.2) Rules 1998 and shall come into operation on 1st April 1998.
Amendment of rule 2
2.  Rule 2 of the Road Traffic (Motor Vehicles, Registration and Licensing) Rules (R 5) (referred to in these Rules as the principal Rules) is amended —
(a)by inserting, immediately after the word "reward" in sub-paragraph (iii) of the definition of "business service passenger vehicle", the words "unless prior approval of the Registrar has been obtained";
(b)by inserting, immediately after the definition of "business service passenger vehicle", the following definition:
“ “goods-cum-passengers vehicle” means —
(a)a station wagon constructed for the carriage of 7 passengers or more, excluding the driver, and registered by the owner for the use by him or a member of his family or any person by his authority without consideration for social or domestic purposes or for the owner’s business and excluding the use for instructional purposes for reward;
(b)a panel van; or
(c)a twin-cabin goods vehicle;”;
(c)by deleting the definitions of "heavy goods vehicle" and "light goods vehicle" and substituting the following definitions:
“ “heavy goods vehicle” means —
(a)a goods vehicle, construction equipment, engineering plant, trivan, motor cycle with a side-car attached to it, recovery vehicle, vehicle used as a mobile canteen or mobile bank, goods-cum-passengers vehicle or a vehicle used for a specific purpose such as a horse float, the maximum laden weight of which exceeds 3.0 metric tons and which is registered using a certificate of entitlement issued before 1st April 1998; or
(b)a goods vehicle, construction equipment, engineering plant, trivan, recovery vehicle, vehicle used as a mobile canteen or mobile bank, goods-cum-passengers vehicle or a vehicle used for a specific purpose such as a horse float, the maximum laden weight of which exceeds 3.5 metric tons and which is registered using a certificate of entitlement issued on or after 1st April 1998;
“light goods vehicle” means —
(a)a goods vehicle, construction equipment, engineering plant, trivan, motor cycle with a side-car attached to it, recovery vehicle, vehicle used as a mobile canteen or mobile bank, goods-cum-passengers vehicle or a vehicle used for a specific purpose such as a horse float, the maximum laden weight of which does not exceed 3.0 metric tons and which is registered using a certificate of entitlement issued before 1st April 1998; or
(b)a goods vehicle, construction equipment, engineering plant, trivan, motor cycle with a side-car attached to it, recovery vehicle, vehicle used as a mobile canteen or mobile bank, a goods-cum-passengers vehicle or a vehicle used for a specific purpose such as a horse float, the maximum laden weight of which does not exceed 3.5 metric tons and which is registered using a certificate of entitlement issued on or after 1st April 1998;”; and
(d)by deleting the definition of "station wagon (goods-cum-passengers)".
Amendment of rule 6
3.  Rule 6 of the principal Rules is amended by deleting paragraph (2).
Amendment of rule 8
4.  Rule 8 of the principal Rules is amended —
(a)by inserting, immediately after paragraph (1), the following paragraphs:
(1A)  A person who registers a new vehicle as —
(a)a taxi or a business service passenger vehicle using a certificate of entitlement issued on or after 1st April 1998; or
(b)a replacement taxi on or after 1st September 1998,
may apply to the Registrar for a rebate on the fee payable under rule 7.
(1B)  Where a private motor car is transferred to a statutory board, company, firm, society, association or club on or after 1st April 1998, the transferee may apply to the Registrar for a rebate on the fee payable under rule 7.”;
(b)by deleting sub-paragraph (a) of paragraph (2) and substituting the following sub-paragraph:
(a)the applicant is or has been the registered owner of a motor vehicle (referred to in this rule as the old vehicle) which is —
(i)an off-peak car, a private hire car or a private motor car ;
(ii)a taxi (other than a replacement taxi) or business service passenger vehicle registered using a certificate of entitlement issued on or after 1st April 1998; or
(iii)a private motor car transferred to a statutory board, company, firm, society, association or club on or after 1st April 1998;”;
(c)by inserting, immediately after the words "on or after 16th September 1997" in paragraph (2)(f), the words "but before 1st Apri1 1998,";
(d)by deleting the word "application" in paragraph (2)(h) and substituting the word "de-registration";
(e)by deleting sub-paragraph (i) of pararaph (2);
(f)by deleting paragraph (7); and
(g)by inserting, immediately after paragraph (9), the following paragraph:
(9A)  This rule shall not apply to —
(a)a business service passenger vehicle registered using a certificate of entitlement issued before 1st April 1998; or
(b)a private motor car transferred to a statutory board, company, firm, society, association or club before 1st April 1998.”.
Amendment of rule 9
5.  Rule 9(3) of the principal Rules is amended —
(a)by deleting the word "and" at the end of sub-paragraph (a);
(b)by inserting, immediately after the words "rule 7(3)" at the end of sub-paragraph (b), the words "if the motor car is registered using a certificate of entitlement issued before 1st April 1998"; and
(c)by deleting the full-stop at the end of sub-paragraph (b) and substituting a semi-colon, and by inserting immediately thereafter the following sub-paragraph:
(c)the net additional registration fee shall be an amount equal to 60% of the value of the motor car determined by the Registrar under rule 7(3) if the motor car is registered using a certificate of entitlement issued on or after 1st April 1998.”.
Amendment of rule 26
6.  Rule 26(1) of the principal Rules is amended by deleting the words "rule 30" in sub-paragraph (a) and substituting the words "rule 31".
Amendment of rule 27
7.  Rule 27 of the principal Rules is amended by inserting, immediately after paragraph (3), the following paragraph:
(4)  Paragraph (1) shall not apply to the transfer of any motor car effected on or after 1st April 1998 or to the registration of any motor car using a certificate of entitlement issued on or after 1st April 1998.”.
Amendment of rule 32
8.  Rule 32 of the principal Rules is amended —
(a)by deleting paragraph (1) and substituting the following paragraph:
(1)  Subject to these Rules, a private individual, company, firm, society, association or club may register a motor car as an off-peak car.”; and
(b)by inserting, immediately after paragraph (2), the following paragraph:
(3)  This rule shall not apply to a motor car registered in the name of a company, firm, society, association or club using a certificate of entitlement issued before 1st April 1998.”.
Amendment of rule 36
9.  Rule 36(1) of the principal Rules is amended by deleting the words "rule 32" and substituting the words "rule 35".
Deletion and substitution of rule 39
10.  Rule 39 of the principal Rules is deleted and the following rule substituted therefor:
Conditions for issue and renewal of licence
39.—(1)  Except where the Registrar otherwise permits, a licence shall not be issued under section 13 of the Act in respect of —
(a)a goods vehicle or an ambulance which is more than 20 years old;
(b)a motor car registered in the name of a statutory board, company, firm, society, association or club using a certificate of entitlement issued on or after 1st April 1998 which is more than 10 years old and which is used for instructional purposes for reward.
(2)  The licence of a private motor car which is registered using a certificate of entitlement issued on or after 1st April 1998 and which has at any time been registered as a private hire car under these Rules shall not be renewed if the car is more than 10 years old.
(3)  The licence of a private car which is registered using a certificate of entitlement issued before 1st April 1998 and which has at any time been registered as a private hire car under these Rules shall not be renewed if the car is more than 7 years old.
(4)  The licence of a private motor car which is registered using a certificate of entitlement issued on or after 1st April 1998 and which has at any time been registered in the name of a statutory board, company, firm, society, association or club and used for instructional purposes for reward shall not be renewed if the car is more than 10 years old.”.
Amendment of First Schedule
11.  The First Schedule to the principal Rules is amended —
(a)by deleting Parts I and II and substituting the following Parts:
Part I
Fees to be Paid on Registration of Vehicle
Rule 6
(1) The fee payable for the registration of motor vehicles and trailers using certificates of entitlement issued before 1st April 1998 shall be as follows:
(a) Motor cycles, scooters, mopeds or motor cycles with side-cars
$5
(b) Goods-cum-passengers vehicles and trailers
$15
(c) Private hire cars, private motor cars or off-peak cars
$1,000
(d) Business service passenger vehicles
$5,000
(e) Light goods vehicles
$7,000
(f) Heavy goods vehicles and cement mixers
$14,000
(g) Motor vehicles not falling within any of the categories, classes or descriptions of vehicles referred to in paragraphs (a) to (f)
$15.
(2) The fee payable for the registration of a motor vehicle (excluding a taxi which replaces another taxi) using a certificate of entitlement issued on or after 1st April 1998 shall be $140.
(3) The fee payable for the registration of a taxi which replaces another taxi using a certificate of entitlement issued on or after 1st April 1998 but before 1st September 1998 shall be $15.
(4) The fee payable for the registration of a taxi which replaces another taxi using a certificate of entitlement issued on or after 1st September 1998 shall be $140.
(5) The fee payable for the registration of a motor vehicle which is exempted from section 10A(1) of the Act shall be $140.
Part II
Additional Registration Fee Payable on the Registration of Motor Vehicles (Other Than Taxis) Using Certificates of Entitlement Issued Before 1ST April 1998
Rule 7
Description
Fee Payable
(a) Motor vehicles not being a vehicle falling within any of the classes of vehicles set out in paragraphs (b) and (f), registered for the purpose of —
Fee equal to 55% of the value of the vehicle
(i) conveying passengers; or
 
(ii) conveying goods and passengers
 
(b) Motor vehicles registered for the purpose of conveying either passengers or both passengers and goods and which fall under the category of —
 
(i) new business service passenger vehicle
Fee equal to 150% of the value of the vehicle
(ii) new private hire car
Fee equal to 150% of the value of the vehicle
(iii) new private motor car
Fee equal to 150% of the value of the vehicle
(iv) new off-peak car
Fee equal to 150% of the value of the vehicle
(v) new station wagon
Fee equal to 150% of the value of the vehicle
(vi) second-hand business service passenger vehicle
Fee equal to 150% of the value of the vehicle plus $10,000
(vii) second-hand private motor car
Fee equal to 150% of the value of the vehicle plus $10,000
(viii) second-hand off-peak car
Fee equal to 150% of the value of the vehicle plus $10,000
(ix) second-hand station wagon
Fee equal to 150% of the value of the vehicle plus $10,000
(x) new or second-hand goods-cum-passengers vehicle
Fee equal to 150% of the value of the vehicle.
(c) Motor vehicle which is imported or which the Registrar is satisfied to be locally assembled and registered for the purpose of conveying goods only
Fee equal to 5% of the value of the vehicle.
(d) Omnibus which is imported or which the Registrar is satisfied to be locally assembled and registered as a public service vehicle
Fee equal to 5% of the value of the vehicle.
(e) Motor cycles and motor scooters
Fee equal to 15% of the value of the vehicle.
 
Fee payable for new bus
Fee payable for second-hand bus
(f) School bus and private hire bus having a seating capacity —
 
(i) not exceeding 15 passengers
$4,000
$5,000
(ii) exceeding 15 passengers but not exceeding 30 passengers
$8,000
$10,000
(iii) exceeding 30 passengers but not exceeding 45 passengers
$12,000
$15,000
(iv) exceeding 45 passengers
$16,000
$20,000.
ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION FEE PAYABLE ON THE REGISTRATION OF MOTOR VEHICLES (OTHER THAN TAXIS) USING CERTIFICATES OF ENTITLEMENT ISSUED ON OR AFTER 1ST APRIL 1998
Description of vehicle
Fee payable
(a) Motor vehicles not being a vehicle falling within any of the classes of vehicles set out in paragraphs (b) and (f), registered for the purpose
of —
 
(i) conveying passengers; or
Fee equal to 140% of the value of the vehicle
(ii) conveying goods and passengers
Fee equal to 140% of the value of the vehicle.
(b) Motor vehicles registered for the purpose of conveying either passengers or both passengers and goods and which fall under the category of —
 
(i) new business service passenger vehicle
Fee equal to 140% of the value of the vehicle
(ii) new private hire car
Fee equal to 140% of the value of the vehicle
(iii) new private motor car
Fee equal to 140% of the value of the vehicle
(iv) new off-peak car
Fee equal to 140% of the value of the vehicle
(v) new station wagon
Fee equal to 140% of the value of the vehicle
(vi) second-hand business service passenger vehicle
Fee equal to 140% of the value of the vehicle plus $10,000
(vii) second-hand private motor car
Fee equal to 140% of the value of the vehicle plus $10,000
(viii) second-hand off-peak car
Fee equal to 140% of the value of the vehicle plus $10,000
(ix) second-hand station wagon
Fee equal to 140% of the value of the vehicle plus $10,000
(x) new or second-hand goods-cum-passengers vehicle
Fee equal to 140% of the value of the vehicle.
(c) Motor vehicle which is imported or which the Registrar is satisfied to be locally assembled and registered for the purpose of conveying goods only
Fee equal to 5% of the value of the vehicle.
(d) Omnibus which is imported or which the Registrar is satisfied to be locally assembled and registered as a public service vehicle
Fee equal to 5% of the value of the vehicle.
(e) Motor cycles and motor scooters
Fee equal to 15% of the value of the vehicle.
(f) Buses
Fee equal to 5% of the value of the vehicle.
(g) Engineering plant
Nil.
ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION FEE FOR TAXIS
Description of Taxi
Fee payable
(a) New taxi registered using a certificate of entitlement issued before 1st April 1998
$2,000.
(b) Taxi which before 1st September 1998 replaces another taxi which is 6 years old or more
$5,000.
(c) Taxi which before 1st September 1998 replaces another taxi that is more than 5 years old but that is less than 6 years old
$2,000.
(d) Taxi which before 1st September 1998 replaces another taxi that is not more than 5 years old
Nil.
(e) New taxi registered using a certificate of entitlement issued on or after 1st April 1998
140% of the value of the vehicle.
(f) Taxi which on or after 1st September 1998 replaces another taxi (irrespective of the age of the taxi being replaced)
140% of the value of the vehicle.”.
Amendment of Second Schedule
12.  The Second Schedule to the principal Rules is amended —
(a)by deleting paragraph (4) of item I and substituting the following paragraphs:
(4) Business service passenger vehicles registered using a certificate of entitlement issued before 1st April 1998
In addition to the fees set out in paragraphs (2) and (3), a fee equal to 100% of the fees set out in paragraphs (2) and (3).
(4A) Business service passenger vehicles registered using a certificate of entitlement issued on or after 1st April 1998 and private motor cars transferred to a statutory board, company, firm, society, association or club on or after 1st April 1998
Fees as set out in paragraphs (2) and (3).
”;
(b)by deleting the words "Station wagons (goods-cum-passengers)" in the first line of paragraph (2) in item VII under the heading Description of vehicle and substituting the words "Goods-cum-passengers vehicles"; and
(c)by deleting the words "station wagons (goods-cum-passengers)" in the second and third lines of item VIII under the heading Description of vehicle and substituting the words "goods-cum-passengers vehicles".
[G.N. Nos. S292/96; S39/97; S358/97; S125/98]

Made this 31st day of March 1998.

TEO MING KIAN
Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Communications,
Singapore.
[MINCOM LT.396.3.01.2.8; AG/LEG/SL/276/97/13 Vol 1]
(To be presented to Parliament under section 141 of the Road Traffic Act).