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All You Need To Know About Inspection To Renew Road Tax In Singapore

Singapore is known for being the city where car ownership is very costly. The government has several measures put in place to minimize the number of people with cars, so as to deal with the traffic on this urban island. Such measures include several duty taxes during the initial purchase of the car. Then, there are road taxes to be paid when you start using the car. Road tax is not a one-time payment, as drivers have to renew it every six months or annually. There are prerequisites to fulfil before renewing car tax, such as inspections by relevant authorities.


Many road accidents across the globe could have been avoided had there been a system to inspect the health of vehicles on the roads on a regular basis. Automobiles which aren’t roadworthy are not only a hazard to other motorists but all other users, including pedestrians. Regular inspections aid in minimizing breakdown of vehicles and accidents, as well as ensuring that they are environment-friendly.


Not all vehicles have similar inspection schedules, as the inspection schedules are determined by the type and age of the vehicle. We will divide the vehicles into seven types: motorcycles and scooters, motorcars, tuition cars, taxis, omnibuses, other buses, goods vehicles, and trailers. The age is divided into 3 segments: below three years, three to ten years and over ten years.

  • Motorcycles and scooters

After the initial inspection; after purchase, motorcycles and scooters don’t need to undergo extra inspection for road tax renewal until they pass three years.  Onwards, annual inspections are mandatory

  • Motorcars

Inspection for motorcars below three years are not necessary. Between three to ten years, a biannual inspection is required while those over ten years of age have to schedule annual inspections.

  • Tuition cars

Driving school cars, no matter the age of a tuition car, annual inspections are mandatory.

  • Taxis

Taxis are required to be go for inspection every six months.

  • Omnibuses

As with taxis; inspection is every six months regardless of age.

  • All other buses

These get a bit more leeway, as inspection is annual for all under ten years, after which it is done every six months.

  • Goods vehicles

These should be scheduled for inspection once every year for ages 0 to 10, while those above ten years have to be inspected every six months.

  • Trailers

Trailers require annual inspection no matter the age.


Not all vehicles will pass their inspection on the first check. The following facts provide an insight into the passage rate of different vehicles of differing ages. It is from data collected from 2006 to 2016.

  • Cars

Cars have a decent pass rate, with new cars having more than 95% passage rate. That rate is seen to dip during the third year of inspection, and it dips further for cars over eight years. Overall, cars of all ages have a passage rate of 92%-94%. They are however among the vehicles with the lowest passage rates.

  • Motorcycles

The pass rate of motorcycles on first inspection checks is satisfactory, with average rates above 95 % for all ages.

  • Omnibuses

These have pass rates only bettered by taxis, with the lowest rate around 97%. They average a passage rate of 98.4% for all ages.

  • Other buses

These have a very poor pass rate, and they seldom hit the 90% mark for any car age. They average 85.2 % for all ages.

  • Taxis

Their pass rate is most impressive, consistently hitting the 99.9 mark across the ages. The average is 99.8%.

  • Goods vehicles

They average 88% pass rate across all ages.

Hope you found that helpful!

Source: Carro.sg

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