Singapore: LTA to stop issuing road tax discs from Feb 15

The agency says using a vehicle without a valid road tax is a punishable offence and might have to pay a maximum fine of S$2,000.

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Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Thursday it will discontinue the issue of physical road tax discs from Feb 15, 2017. Last year in August, LTA said this was an effort to streamline processes.

As a part of this process, the motorists will no longer be required to display these discs on the windscreens of their vehicles from Feb 15. The authorities said the motorists will be given a road tax payment notice and it won't issue any paper road tax disc. They can also continue to check through One.Motoring website or else they can also take a print out proof of the validity of their road tax via website.

This change has already been intimated to the authorities in Malaysia and they have been notified that physical road tax discs will no longer be issued from the stated date and Singapore-registered vehicles will not be required to display the discs.

"Nevertheless, those driving into Malaysia are advised to carry a printout of their vehicle's road tax validity in their vehicles," LTA told Channel NewsAsia.

"Motorists should also ensure that a valid motor insurance certificate is kept in their vehicles at all times," LTA added.

The agency said using a vehicle without a valid road tax is a punishable offence. One might have to pay a maximum fine of S$2,000 for violating the law.