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Vehicle emission test fee to increase on August 1

     The Legislative Council today (July 13) approved the amended Road Traffic Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 10) Order 2015 to increase in two phases the fee for testing emissions of vehicles at a designated vehicle emission testing centre (DVETC). The first phase of the increase will take effect on August 1, while the second phase will take effect on February 1, 2017. Details of the revised fees are set out in the Annex.

     A Government spokesman said that the current emission test fee of $310 was set on a full cost recovery basis in 1998 based on the then idling smoke test. The idling test has now been replaced by a dynamometer-based emission test, which can provide a better assessment of vehicle emissions. The enhanced emission test involves more costly equipment and longer testing time. The test fee has not increased over the past 17 years and this increase reflects the prevailing costs for serving different types of vehicle. It is always the vehicle owner's fundamental responsibility to repair and properly maintain his vehicle in a timely manner to avoid causing excessive emissions. The fee increase would not affect vehicle owners who properly maintain their vehicles.

     Under section 77B of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap. 374), the Commissioner of Transport may, for the purpose of ascertaining whether a motor vehicle complies with vehicle emission standards, require the registered owner to have the motor vehicle tested at a DVETC. If the vehicle fails the emission test, its licence will be cancelled by the Transport Department. The vehicle owner, who uses the vehicle emission testing services, shall pay to the DVETC a fee that is specified in Schedule 10 to the Ordinance.

Ends/Monday, July 13, 2015
Issued at HKT 19:46


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