On top of getting a Certificate of Entitlement (COE), paying your road tax is one key element to owning a car in Singapore. In order to drive a car, you are required to have a valid road tax, which will need to be renewed at least once a year. Want to find out about the what, when and how of road tax renewal in Singapore? Read on for more!
WHAT IS ROAD TAX RENEWAL
Road tax renewal is necessary for any registered vehicle in Singapore. Whether you are buying or selling a vehicle, ensure that the road tax is already paid for before making your transaction.
How Much Road Tax To Pay
The amount of road tax you pay depends on the engine capacity and age of your vehicle. Typically, the higher the engine capacity and the older your car, the more road tax you will pay. You can check the amount of road tax to pay with your Vehicle Registration Number (number plate) or your vehicle’s engine capacity and age.
It is also important to note that there are road tax surcharges for vehicles over the age of 10. The surcharges are as follows:
|Age of vehicle||Annual road tax surcharge|
|More than 10 years old||10% of road tax|
|More than 11 years old||20% of road tax|
|More than 12 years old||30% of road tax|
|More than 13 years old||40% of road tax|
|More than 14 years old||50% of road tax|
Road Tax Renewal Prerequisites
In order to renew your road tax, you have to meet the following renewal prerequisites:
- Vehicle insurance coverage
It is mandatory for every vehicle in Singapore to be covered by motor insurance. Ensure that your vehicle is covered for the period that you will be paying road tax for. The insurance coverage must minimally cover third-party liability for deaths and bodily injury.
- Vehicle inspection (if due)
Every vehicle is also required to undergo periodic vehicle inspections to ensure that it is fit to be driven on the roads. You will receive an inspection notice about three months before your road tax expires..
- Outstanding fines
Any outstanding fines or warrants from LTA, HDB, URA and the Traffic Police (TP) may prevent you from renewing your road tax. Make sure you have no outstanding fines before your renew your road tax.
- For Weekend Cars / Off Peak Cars / Revised Off Peak Cars
These cars will be required to have a vehicle number plate seal inspection before a road tax renewal. Head to any LTA-Authorised Inspection Centre to have your vehicle inspected.
WHEN TO RENEW ROAD TAX
Usually, you can opt to renew your vehicle’s road tax either every 6 months or 12 months. Should you choose to renew for 6 months, naturally, you will renew it every half-year. Those who choose to renew for 12 months would instead renew every 12 months. No need to worry, however, as you can opt for either options at any time.
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will send a reminder one month before your road tax expires to ensure you have ample time to fulfil the renewal prerequisites.
Late Renewal Fees
If you do, unfortunately, miss your road tax expiry date, late renewal fees will apply. Late renewal fees kick in one day after the road tax expiry date, so be sure to be prompt with your renewal!
Accordingly, late renewal fees vary for different vehicle engine capacity, and how long overdue your renewal is:
|Engine Capacity||Within 1 month of expiry date||Between 1 and 2.5 months||More than 2.5 months||More than 3 months|
|Engine Capacity||Within 1 month of expiry date||Between 1 and 2.5 months||More than 2.5 months||More than 6 months|
HOW TO RENEW ROAD TAX
There are five ways you can renew your road tax in Singapore. Do note that most services are not available between 12AM to 1AM, so avoid those hours if possible.
Online at OneMotoring
You can renew your road tax on OneMotoring here. Ensure that you have sufficient amounts in your bank account with a large enough payment limit, and a credit / debit card (VISA or Mastercard) or internet banking account. Your internet banking account should be with Citibank, DBS/POSB, OCBC/Plus!, Standard Chartered Bank or UOB (eNETS Debit).
You can also opt to renew your road tax at any AXS Station. The modes of payment differ for different types of AXS Stations, so be sure to check beforehand on the AXS website.
SAM Kiosks and SAM Web & App support road tax renewal. SAM primarily supports payment by NETS, so if you are a NETS user, this will be a breeze for you. Of course, it is best to check the SAM website for the latest payment modes accepted.
If you would like to renew via GIRO, please remember to do it at least a month before your road tax renewal expiration date to avoid late renewal charges. You will need to fill in the GIRO application form and mail it to LTA at 10 Sin Ming Drive, Singapore 575701. The GIRO application will take about one month to process, and LTA will notify you when it is approved by your bank.
By opting for GIRO, future road tax renewal payments will be made by GIRO. This means that a GIRO payment schedule issued by the LTA must be adhered to. There will be deadlines to meet your renewal prerequisites and road tax deduction date. Failure to do so means that the GIRO deduction will not take place, and you have to renew via other methods.
To terminate your GIRO payments, send a request to LTA here.
Road Tax Collection Centres
You can visit any of the authorised road tax collection centres to make your payments. Always check their road tax collection hours and the payment modes accepted. Also, remember to bring all original prerequisite documents such as your motor insurance certificate and vehicle inspection certificate.
Now that you know the what, when and how of road tax renewal, there is no need to worry about your next payment! Always remember to renew in advance to avoid any hassle and extra charges.