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Vehicle emission test fee to be increased

     The Government published in the Gazette today (May 15) the Road Traffic Ordinance (Amendment of Schedule 10) Order 2015 proposing to increase the fee to be charged by a designated vehicle emission testing centre (DVETC) for testing emissions of vehicles.

     Under section 77B of the Road Traffic Ordinance (Cap 374), the Commissioner for 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. 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.

     A Government spokesman said that the current emission test fee of $310 was set on a full cost recovery basis in 1998 and has not been revised since then. The increase in the test fee reflects the prevailing costs for serving different types of vehicle. Details of the revised fees are set out in the Annex. The fee increase would not affect vehicle owners who properly maintain their vehicles. As for those who overlook vehicle maintenance and are subject to this emission test, the proposed increase could be a deterrent to negligence.

     The amendment order will be tabled at the Legislative Council on May 20 for negative vetting. The proposed new fees are scheduled to take effect on August 1.

Ends/Friday, May 15, 2015
Issued at HKT 12:06


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