Ex-gratia payment application for Euro II diesel commercial vehicles to close on December 31

     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (December 11) reminded owners of Euro II diesel commercial vehicles (DCVs) to submit applications for the ex-gratia payment for phasing out their DCVs to the Transport Department (TD) on or before December 31, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. The TD will stop issuing licences for Euro II DCVs after the above deadline.

     An EPD spokesman said, "The ex-gratia payment application deadline for Euro II DCVs is December 31, 2017 (except for specified light buses under separate special arrangements). Owners of Euro II DCVs who intend to apply for the ex-gratia payment should promptly submit their applications to the TD.

     "The ex-gratia payment scheme has progressed well since its launch. Up to the end of November 2017, about 58 700 or 72 per cent of pre-Euro IV DCVs were retired under the scheme. Among some 19 000 eligible Euro II DCVs, about 91 per cent of their vehicle owners have scrapped the DCVs and submitted ex-gratia payment applications."

     The ex-gratia payment application deadlines for Euro II to Euro III DCVs are as follows:

DCVs          Application deadlines
-------        --------------------- 
Euro II       December 31, 2017
Euro III      December 31, 2019

     According to the ex-gratia payment scheme for phasing out pre-Euro IV DCVs, after scrapping their DCVs, eligible vehicle owners can apply for the ex-gratia payment on or before the specified deadlines.

     The EPD spokesman reminded eligible vehicle owners to check the application details for the ex-gratia payment, including the eligibility criteria, the latest list of vehicle-scrapping companies registered under the scheme and other application details, before scrapping their vehicles. Relevant details are available on the EPD's website at www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/preEU4dcv. Vehicle owners may also call 2651 1100 or email preEU4dcv@epd.gov.hk for enquiries.

Ends/Monday, December 11, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:15