Natural gas-driven vehicles will get tax rebates in Singapore
Owners of natural gas-driven vehicles will benefit from tax rebates, the Singapore government has announced recently. The rebate will range from 5-20 per cent of the vehicle's market value and a 20 per cent cut in road tax. Road tax in the country is calculated on the basis of the car's engine size. The rebates will be available till the end of 2003.
The government already gives rebates to owners of cars that run on electricity, but most cars in Singapore use petrol and diesel. Though natural gas is cheaper than petrol, the natural gas driven cars are costlier by about US $5,680, which is a disincentive. But there are problems. There is only one natural gas station and the country is dependant on Indonesia for liquified natural gas imports.
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