Road Taxes and Vehicle Roadworthiness

Information on which road taxes you need to pay and how to pay them, as well as details on the inspections needed to prove the roadworthiness of your car...

The Singaporean government pursues a policy of encouraging its citizens to use public transport rather than private transport, and for this reason, the taxes associated with driving and owning a vehicle are relatively high. Drivers must ensure that they pay Road Tax, a tax calculated on the technical specifics of their vehicle. Road Tax is designed to make vehicles with various eco-friendly modifications less expensive to run. If a car is more than three years old, it must be inspected on a twice-yearly or annual basis.

Road Tax

Road Tax can be paid on a six-monthly or annual basis, and its payment licenses the owner of a vehicle to use it on Singaporean roads. A road tax disc, which must be displayed on the left of the vehicle's windshield, is confirmation that the road tax has been paid. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is responsible for its collection.

Tax can be paid at a post office, at any car inspection centre (listed below), online, or in a variety of other ways. A valid insurance certificate must be produced when buying a tax disc. If the vehicle is over three years old, a car inspection certificate must also be presented.

A renewal notice will be posted to the registered address of the owner of the vehicle. If the vehicle is more than ten years old, and an age surcharge ranging from 10 to 50 percent of the road tax must be paid when the licence is renewed.

The tax for a diesel-engine car can be around six times the computed road tax for a petrol-engine car.

Vehicle Roadworthiness

  • Cars and motorcycles under three years old do not require an inspection
  • Cars between three and ten years old must be inspected every two years
  • Motorcycles between three and ten years old must be inspected every year
  • Cars and motorcycles that are more than ten years old require an annual inspection

Notification is sent via the post to the registered owner of the vehicle when the inspection is due to be performed. More information is available from the LTA's One.Motoring site.

Inspections can be carried out at any of the vehicle inspection centres listed below:

  • JIC Inspection Services
    At: 53 Pioneer Road, Jurong, Singapore 628505 
    Tel: 6863 9639
  • JIC Inspection Services
    At: 21 Ang Mo Kio Street 63, Ang Mo Kio, Singapore 569118
    Tel: 6484 7370
  • STA Inspection
    At: 302 Sin Ming Road, Sin Ming, Singapore 575627 
    Tel: 6452 1398
  • STA Inspection
    At: 249 Jalan Boon Lay, Boon Lay, Singapore 619523
    Tel: 6261 6178
  • VICOM Inspection Centre
    At: 385 Sin Ming Drive, Singapore 575718 
    Tel:6458 4555
  • VICOM Inspection Centre
    At: 511 Bukit Batok Street 23, Bukit Batok, Singapore 659545 
    Tel:6458 4555
  • VICOM Inspection Centre
    At: 20 Changi North Crescent, Changi, Singapore 499613 
    Tel: 6458 4555
  • VICOM Inspection Centre
    At: 23 Kaki Bukit Avenue 4, Kaki Bukit, Singapore 415933
    Tel:6458 4555
  • VICOM Inspection Centre
    At: 501 Yishun Industrial Park A, Yishun, Singapore 768732
    Tel: 6458 4555

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