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EPD announces special arrangement for Ex-gratia Payment Scheme for Phasing Out Euro IV Diesel Commercial Vehicles
     The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) today (October 6) announced a special arrangement for the Ex-gratia Payment Scheme for Phasing Out Euro IV Diesel Commercial Vehicles. For Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles first registered in 2007, the deadline for applying for an ex-gratia payment will be extended by one year to December 31, 2023.

     To improve roadside air quality and better safeguard public health, the EPD launched in 2020 an ex-gratia payment scheme to progressively phase out by the end of 2027 about 40 000 Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles (DCVs) including goods vehicles, non-franchised buses and light buses. Eligible vehicle owners should, during the implementation of the scheme, scrap their Euro IV DCVs through vehicle scrapping companies registered under the scheme. They should then go to the Transport Department to cancel the registration of their DCVs before the deadline, and apply for the ex-gratia payment within three months after the cancellation of the vehicle's registration.
     In view of the current economic situation, the Government fully understands the operational difficulties faced by transport trades and that some owners of Euro IV DCVs first registered in 2007 might not be able to complete the necessary procedures for applying for the ex-gratia payment by the deadline (i.e. December 31, 2022). In consideration of the situation, the EPD hence introduced the above special arrangement.
     A spokesman for the EPD reminds the vehicle owners concerned that approval of the ex-gratia payment is still subject to the applicant meeting all other prevailing eligibility criteria and completing all necessary procedures under the ex-gratia payment scheme, and submitting the application for the ex-gratia payment on or before December 31, 2023.

      Moreover, in accordance with the Air Pollution Control (Air Pollutant Emission)(Controlled Vehicles) Regulation (Cap. 311X), the Government will stop issuing/renewing vehicle licences to Euro IV DCVs first registered in 2007 after December 31, 2022. The vehicle owners concerned who need to apply for vehicle licence renewal after the deadline shall apply to EPD for exemption under Section 6 of the Regulation for extending the retirement deadline.

     For details of the ex-gratia payment scheme and the above special arrangement, please refer to the EPD's website
(www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/air/prob_solutions/Phasing_out_euro_iv_comm_veh.html) or contact the EPD by calling 2651 1100 or by email to EU4dcv@epd.gov.hk.
Ends/Thursday, October 6, 2022
Issued at HKT 11:00
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