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    Car reverses into motorcycle at Woodlands, ends up running over it repeatedly

    A car travelling along Woodlands Avenue 12, for reasons unknown, reversed and crashed into a motorcycle and ended up running over their bike multiple times.
    The accident was captured by a dashboard camera from a passing vehicle, and the footage was uploaded onto the Facebook page "SG Road Vigilante - SGRV".

    According to the video's caption, the incident occurred on Mar. 23, 2024, at around 10pm.
    Car knocks motorcycle
    The video showed the car travelling along the busy road.
    The car was in a filter lane on the left when it crashed into a motorcycle.
    A closer look showed the car in the middle of reversing and mounting the kerb, dragging the motorcycle along with it.

    Gif via SGRV
    The rider and pillion appeared to have fallen off the bike from the impact and climbed to their feet — in what seems to be a narrow escape from the car's wheels.
    Nearly hits rider
    While the motorcycle was underneath it, the car drove forward, swerving to the left further into the grass patch, almost hitting one of the persons on the motorcycle, who was pulled away by the other person out of harm's way.

    Gif via SGRV
    The duo was then seen approaching the car's driver to say something before the car finally reversed back onto the road.
    But not before running over the bike once again.

    Gif via SGRV
    Article Credits: Mothership.sg
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    23 motorcyclists caught riding without valid licence & insurance near Woodlands Checkpoint

    A total of 23 motorcyclists were detected riding without a valid licence and insurance and 70 summons were issued in the wake of a multi-agency enforcement operation conducted by the traffic police, the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
    According to a Singapore Police Force (SPF) news release dated Mar. 28, the enforcement operation was conducted against errant motorcyclists near the Woodlands Checkpoint on Mar. 21.
    A total of 269 motorcycles were stopped for checks.
    Two arrested and 70 summons issued
    During the operation, the traffic police arrested two people out of the 23 motorcyclists who were detected riding without a valid licence and insurance coverage.
    One was arrested for drink driving, while the other was arrested for cheating by personation.
    NEA issued 30 summons for offences involving vehicular smoke and excessive noise emission.

    Photo via Singapore Police Force
    LTA issued 31 summons for offences, such as improper number plates, expired vehicle entry permit, expired road tax and expired insurance.
    "All vehicles, including foreign-registered vehicles, entering Singapore must comply with Singapore traffic laws and stipulated safety and emission requirements," SPF said.
    SPF added that vehicle licence plates must conform to the mandated specifications and be properly displayed.
    Those found guilty of driving without a valid licence carry a maximum fine of S$10,000, three years imprisonment or both. The vehicle may also be forfeited.
    Those convicted of using a motor vehicle without insurance coverage will be fined a maximum of S$1,000 and/or jailed for up to three months.
    The offence of driving while under the influence of drink carries a minimum fine of S$2,000 to a maximum fine of S$10,000 or a jail term not exceeding 12 months or both.
    Top photos via SPF
    Article Cretids: mothership.sg
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    Under Pressure
    There was a time when riders routinely performed a series of checks before hitting the road. A day’s ride almost always began with a pop of the gas cap to check fuel level, a swipe of the oil dipstick and a careful check of tire pressures. Today, thanks to technology, motorcycles practically manage themselves, requiring less of us when it comes to maintenance. Unfortunately, that’s made many of us complacent about performing pre-ride inspections.
    http://ridermag.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Tire-36psi-300x225.jpghttp://ridermag.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/SELECT-Tire-10psi-300x223.jpg One of these tires is inflated to 36 pounds. The other? Just 10 pounds. Is it any wonder why so many motorcyclists are riding on underinflated tires? Among the most commonly overlooked maintenance items are tires, yet the condition of these black hoops is vital to the handling of the motorcycle and safety of its rider. OK, so your bike has tire pressure monitoring sensors (TPMS), right? By the time you get a warning on the instrument panel, air pressures have already dropped to a level that can compromise safety. It doesn’t account for loads that call for higher tire pressures, nor can TPMS tell you when there is a nail in the tread.
    So grab your gauge and get down to it. A quick glance or a kick of the boot won’t do the trick. Modern motorcycle tires have stiff sidewalls and don’t distort enough to reveal underinflation (see pictures above). While you’re there, check tire condition and look for foreign objects. It’s not uncommon for riders to unknowingly cover hundreds of miles with multiple metal objects lodged in their tires.
    Getting on my knees and crawling around on the driveway to check tire pressures isn’t one of my favorite things. But wrestling with a blowout or sitting at the edge of the road with a flat tire is even less appealing.
    Article Credits: ridermagazine
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    How the Traffic Police use six types of cameras to detect errant motorists
    From the speed laser cameras used to track speeding vehicles from afar to the radar speed cameras installed in all expressway patrol cars, here’s how the Traffic Police’s enforcement cameras work.

    A Traffic Police officer uses a police speed laser camera to track and identify speeding vehicles on an expressway from an overhead bridge on Feb 22, 2024. (Photo: CNA/Eugene Goh)
    SINGAPORE: Ever wondered how the Traffic Police (TP) identify motorists who are speeding on the roads? 
    They do so using six types of enforcement cameras – both static and mobile – which are deployed across the country.
    These traffic enforcement cameras are aimed at deterring potential errant motorists from flouting traffic rules and ensuring that those who are driving or riding are doing so within speed limits and not running red lights.
    They also act as the Traffic Police’s “eyes” and help them to take errant motorists to task, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in a media release on Friday (Feb 23).
    The enforcement cameras can be found at more than 320 locations, which are published on the SPF website.
    The cameras are painted in bright orange and white strips to make them more visible to motorists, said the police. Warning signs with speed limits are also placed before traffic camera enforcement zones. 
    “By being transparent about the locations of these enforcement cameras and implementing measures to alert motorists of such enforcement zones, TP aims to warn and deter motorists from committing traffic offences, ensuring safer roads for all,” said SPF. 
    The police’s latest annual traffic situation report released earlier this week noted a decrease in violations detected by traffic enforcement cameras in 2023.
    Meanwhile, the number of speeding violations detected by other police enforcement operations increased by 22 per cent from 52,016 cases to 63,468.
    “This suggests that motorists choose to speed at locations where they think there is no enforcement presence,” said SPF. 
    “This disregard of traffic rules when there are no enforcement cameras is a concern. Every violation or accident is one too many as it could potentially lead to a loss of life.”
    To combat this, the Traffic Police will “dynamically” activate and deploy the speed enforcement function in red-light cameras, prioritising locations that are accident-prone and violation-prone to improve driver behaviour, the police added.
    Red-light cameras, which are deployed at selected road junctions, are used to detect vehicles that commit red-light running offences. As of last December, a total of 252 red-light cameras were deployed across the country, said the police.

    A red-light camera deployed along Jurong West Street 61 on Feb 22, 2024. It is used to detect vehicles that commit red-light running offences. (Photo: CNA/Eugene Goh)
    On Thursday, members of the media got a first-hand look at how two of the six types of enforcement cameras function – the police speed laser camera and the police radar speed camera.
    Police speed laser cameras are used for ad hoc anti-speeding operations. According to SPF’s website, these cameras – which are physically manned by the Traffic Police – can be deployed at 57 locations across Singapore.
    Standing on an overhead bridge, a Traffic Police officer was seen manoeuvring a police speed laser camera to track and identify speeding vehicles from afar through recorded photos and videos. 
    The cameras are equipped with infrared detection capabilities, which allows them to be used in the dark.

    A Traffic Police officer uses a police speed laser camera to track and identify speeding vehicles on an expressway from an overhead bridge on Feb 22, 2024. (Photo: CNA/Eugene Goh)
    Police radar speed cameras, on the other hand, are installed on the dashboards of all the Traffic Police’s expressway patrol cars. 
    The cameras allow officers to record videos of speeding vehicles while patrolling. 
    Joining officers on one such patrol, this reporter saw that a police radar speed camera was able to pick up the speed of vehicles in front of their patrol car while it was travelling on a stretch of road with a speed limit of 70kmh.
    The speeds of vehicles that were within the limit were indicated in green while those nearing or exceeding it were highlighted in yellow and red respectively. 

    A police radar speed camera is seen in a Traffic Police expressway patrol car on Feb 22, 2024. The number on the bottom left corner of the screen indicates the speed of the vehicle being tracked by the camera. (Photo: CNA/Eugene Goh)
    Other speed cameras that the Traffic Police use include average speed cameras, fixed speed cameras and mobile speed camera. 
    The average speed cameras allow for speed enforcement over what is known as an average speed enforcement zone. 
    These cameras detect the speed of a vehicle as it enters and leaves the zone and compute the corresponding average speed. 
    The average speed will determine if a vehicle has committed a speeding offence, said the police. These cameras have been in operation along Tanah Merah Coast Road since December 2018.
    Meanwhile, fixed speed cameras can identify speeding vehicles from afar. Mobile speed cameras transmit images of speed violations wirelessly back to the Traffic Police for processing. 
    The mobile speed cameras are flexible in deployment and can be redeployed to another speeding-prone location at “short notice”, the police said. 

    Average speed cameras deployed at Tanah Merah Coast Road. (File photo: Singapore Police Force)

    Mobile speed cameras transmit images of speed violations wirelessly back to the Traffic Police for processing. (File photo: TODAY/Robin Choo) “(Enforcement) cameras play a vital role in TP’s enforcement strategy, reducing the number of violations at accident-prone areas where motorists are aware of their presence,” said SPF.
    “TP will not hesitate to take stern enforcement actions against those who persist in their egregious road behaviours.”
    Article Credits: CNA
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    S’pore car mobbed at Second Link after allegedly hitting motorcycle while using lorry lane

    A group of motorcyclists was caught on video surrounding a Singapore-registered car and berating its driver in the middle of the road at the Second Link land crossing.

    Image via SGRV
      According to Shin Min Daily News, who interviewed a witness and the car owner, the car had allegedly used the lorry lane to “cut queue” and almost nudged a motorcyclist and his pregnant wife riding pillion onto the path of an oncoming heavy vehicle.
    What video showed
    The incident occurred at around 6:30pm on Jan. 5, 2024, at the Second Link towards Johor, Malaysia.
    In the video uploaded to the SG Roads Vigilante Facebook page, numerous motorcyclists could be seen surrounding a Singapore-registered car.
    The driver remained in his vehicle while communicating with the motorcyclists through his driver-side window.

    Image via SGRV
    As seen in the video, the exchange was punctuated with shouting in Chinese and profanities in dialect.
    The motorcyclists repeatedly claimed the driver “tried to kill someone” and kept asking him to get out of the car.

    Image via SGRV
    During the course of the video, honking by other vehicles was constantly heard as other road users tried to make their way around the commotion.
    The standoff reportedly lasted an hour before police arrived and brought both parties away.

    Image via SGRV
    Motorcyclist angry as he & pregnant wife were almost ran over
    A witness, a 27-year-old customer service officer by the surname of Huang, told Shin Min that the car blocked the path of the motorcyclist by being on the lane meant for lorries.
    Huang said the motorcyclist knocked on the car's door, but the driver suddenly changed direction and almost knocked the motorcyclist down.
    Huang claimed the motorcycle was knocked over and almost run over by a passing lorry.

    Image via SGRV
    He said the motorcyclist was agitated because he had his pregnant wife riding pillion, and she had abrasions on her leg due to the accident.
    Huang said he was nearby, heard what happened, also became angry, and decided to confront the driver together with the motorcyclist.
    Car driver used lorry lane as wife not feeling well
    The car driver, Li, a 35-year-old self-employed man, told Shin Min his side of the story.
    He said his wife, who was in the car, was feeling unwell, so he drove on the lorry lane to hopefully clear the customs quicker.
    Li claimed he heard a banging sound from his car’s rear left window and was shocked.
    However, he also claimed that he never turned his car, nor did he try to run anyone over, and did not feel any impact.
    He said he had no idea why the motorcycle fell over.
    Li said the agitated motorcyclist then instigated other motorcyclists to confront him.
    “My necklace was torn off,” he claimed. “They also scratched my chest and smashed my windscreen.”
    Dispute settled with RM200
    According to Li, he negotiated a settlement with the motorcyclist at the Malaysian checkpoint and paid him RM200 (around S$57).
    He claimed that he was the “real victim” as after the video was uploaded online, he started receiving threats.
    “Now I can only hide in my house,” he claimed. “It’s very agonising for me mentally.”
    Top image via SGRV
    Article Credits: mothership.sg
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    Like dodging downpours? Find out how to ride your motorcycle in rain
    The latest rubber offers incredible wet weather grip, but we often wonder whether it helps to be a bit obsessive about riding a bike. Obsessive people think about every detail, and test the smallest little things to see if they make an improvement. Nowhere is that mindset more useful than when the wind is howling and it’s pouring with rain.
    The critical problem with rain riding isn’t tyre grip or smooth throttle response. It’s being able to see where you’re going, and concentrate. Being dazzled by oncoming traffic in the dark, or making a poorly-timed overtake because you’re freezing your tail off – these things are far more problematic than a slippery road.
    Look after your visor
    Clear vision is even more important in heavy rain. This is doubly important as rainwater also tends to cling to a mucky visor, further reducing what you can see.

    Use an anti-fog device such as a Pinlock on your visor to prevent it steaming up, and try to avoid opening your visor, as once rain gets on the inside it can be very hard to clear.
    How far should I be from the vehicle in front?
    You need to double your braking distance in heavy rain for two reasons. Firstly because you physically can’t stop as quickly as in the dry and, secondly because your visibility is impaired, which will give you less time to react.
    Which lane is safest when it’s wet?
    Generally speaking, on dual carriageways and motorways the inside lane holds the most water. This is because trucks often create two ‘gutters’ – deeper channels of water where the lorry wheels run. Beware, especially when moving back into this lane.
    Danger lurks in dips
    Dips or undulations in the road will hold water. One classic location is where a road passes through a tunnel under a larger road.

    Take particular care in autumn as leaves can block drains causing flooding.
    How do I ride a motorbike in deep water?
    With extreme caution. Are there any obstructions you can’t see? Do you know for certain how deep it is? If you decide to enter, do so slowly and try to avoid braking.
    Get the right motorcycle tyres for riding in the rain
    Over the years tyre development means the level of grip in cold and wet conditions has improved vastly.
    Even so, sport or trackday tyres aren’t going to work as well as all-purpose/touring tyres in the wet. If you intend to ride throughout winter choose the correct rubber. The difference between a trackday tyre and a winter tyre in the wet is huge.
    Tyre pressure is vital too; the grooves in the tyre won’t work correctly in the wet if the pressure is too high or too low.
    Do I need electronic aids on my motorbike?
    From 2016 when Euro4 regulations came into effect, it became a legal requirement to have anti-lock braking systems (ABS) installed on all new bikes over 125cc capacity, and for bikes of any size you also now need either ABS or a linked braking system.
    If you’re lucky enough to have rider aids on your older bike, use them. Turn up the traction control, turn down the power and make sure the ABS is activated. All too often we forget about rider aids or just don’t bother. If applicable, also adjust the suspension as some bikes have a wet mode which makes the suspension softer.
    How do I brake in the wet on a motorcycle?
    Like most other things in life, braking in the wet is straightforward if you plan ahead.
    The first part of the plan is to practice applying the brakes on a traffic-free stretch of road with a consistent road surface.
    Start out slowly, focussing on the front brake and building up the lever pressure gradually so that you get more and more of a feel for the power of your brakes and the feel of the tyre on the road.
    When a tyre is getting close to skidding it loses speed rapidly before lock up.

    If you are focussed on your braking you’ll feel it in your hands and all you’ve got to do is release lever pressure and the tyre will speed up and you’ll continue to slow down in control.
    And the great thing about the wet is that although the ultimate limit is earlier, the zone when it starts to break away is wider so you’ve got more time to react.
    But that doesn’t mean you can ride up close to other vehicles because the fact is they can stop harder than you can and if you don’t leave plenty of room ahead you could be picking your bike up off the floor, so make sure you plan to have plenty of distance between you and other vehicles.
    Be smoother too, as sudden changes of input will unsettle your bike and make it harder for you to keep that vital feel for what’s happening under your backside.
    When you are braking more smoothly and gently in the wet that will bring your rear brake into play more as there’s less weight transfer, so get a feel for that too, making sure the pedal is positioned just under the sole of your boot. 
    Still up for riding your motorbike in the rain? Check out the following waterproof kit recommendations on MCN:
    How to ride your motorcycle on a trackday in the rain
    Don’t let rain wreck your trackday! Here are some tips to help make you a wet circuit master, from MCN’s very own Chief Road Tester, racing and track driving specialist, Michael Neeves.
    Be an old smoothie
    Rain doesn’t need to spoil your trackday but the key to safe riding in the wet is being smooth on the controls and shifting your weight around. Concentrate on the straights; braking and accelerating hard when upright, and taking it steady in the corners.
    Be progressive on the brakes
    Gently release the throttle and wait for the weight to transfer to the front tyre before braking. Squeeze the front brake lever lightly at first, to get the front tyre dug in, then progressively harder, feeling for grip. Finish braking before tipping-in. Blip the throttle on down-changes to reduce engine braking.
    V-shape cornering 
    Do your turning off the brakes and with a neutral throttle to give the front tyre the best chance of gripping. To stabilise the bike, and give you one less to think about on the way in, hang-off way before the braking zone so you’re in the correct position before the turn. Keep the bike as upright as possible into, through and out of the corner, taking pointy V-shaped lines.

    Wide, swooping arcs means leaning on the front tyre’s tiny contact patch which is risky.
    Note the slippy zones
    Remember where the slippery bits of track are and mentally log them for the next lap. You might have to ride off-line to avoid the smoothed-out tarmac of an apex, and you should always accelerate gently out of an off-cambered corner. Avoid painted kerbs like the plague and watch out for painted grid spots.
    Give it a spin
    Build confidence by deliberately making the rear wheel spin in a straight line on a long, un-cambered piece of track. You’ll be surprised by how much it actually takes to get the rear to break traction.  
    Stay on the fat rubber
    Hang-off to reduce your lean angle and gently pick up the throttle to get the weight transferred to the rear tyre. Only accelerate hard when the bike is completely upright. 
    What tyres?
    Sports touring rubber is the most suitable in the wet – sticky trackday tyres simply won’t work.
    Keep the heat on
    You could use tyre warmers on wets (on a low heat setting) to make them pliable, but as soon as you take them off they’ll quickly lose heat as you go from the paddock to the track.

    It’s better to start cold and gradually build speed, adding heat, grip, and confidence as you go.
    Article Credits: MCN
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    Man rides custom-built pink 'Mini Bullet' on Delhi roads, calls it Pinki!!
    A video has gone viral on the internet showing a pink-coloured custom-built miniature motorcycle riding on the streets of Delhi, garnering interest from not only netizens but also turning heads out on the road. The owner of the custom motorcycle has named it 'Pinki', signifying the pink body colour of the bike including the alloy wheels.
    The 'Mini Bullet' features a single-seat, bobber-like setup with an offset monoshock at the rear and telescopic forks at the front. The retro theme of the bike is obvious with its circular headlamp and round turn indicators, with a teardrop shaped fuel tank. While the specs or dimensions of the motorcycle aren't available, it is far smaller than a regular motorcycle.    
    The motorcycle has been built by Delhi-based 'NCR Motorcycles', owned by the person seen riding it. The modifier claims that he has built this motorcycle for his daughter and is actually based on a 2013 Honda Activa scooter rather than a motorcycle. 'Pinki' uses Activa's 110 cc single-cylinder engine and chassis, with the latter having slightly modified.
    The fuel tank has been taken from a Royal Enfield motorcycle, but is of course shortened a bit. The front suspension is taken from a Honda Aviator along with the front disc, while the handlebar is said to be from Royal Enfield Classic 350. A host of parts have also been custom made like the mudguard, frame, and so on.  
    What do you think about this custom-built 'Mini Bullet'? Let us know in the comments down below.
    Article Credits: TOI
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    COE premiums fall across the board; Cat B down by S$40,000

    Vehicles are seen on a busy road in Geylang, Singapore. (File photo: CNA/Jeremy Long)
    SINGAPORE: Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums closed lower in all categories in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (Nov 8), with Category B premiums dropping by S$40,000 (US$29,500).
    Premiums for all car categories hit new highs in the last bidding exercise, however, premiums for Category B – for larger and more powerful cars – dropped by 26.7 per cent to S$110,001 from S$150,001.
    Open Category COEs, which can be used for any vehicle type but end up being used mainly for large cars, also saw a significant drop, with premiums falling by 20.9 per cent to S$125,011 from S$158,004.
    For Category A cars, or those 1,600cc and below with horsepower not exceeding 130bhp, premiums closed at S$95,689, down from S$106,000 in the last exercise.
    COEs for commercial vehicles, which include goods vehicles and buses, fell to S$78,001 from S$84,790 in the previous bidding exercise.
    Motorcycle premiums closed at S$10,889, down from S$11,201 in the last exercise.
    A total of 3,133 bids were received, with a quota of 2,411 COEs available.
    The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced last week that the COE quota for the November 2023 to January 2024 quarter would be increased further.
    An additional 1,614 Category A, B and C COEs were reallocated, on top of the 1,895 reallocated COEs announced last month.
    This brought the total supply of COEs for the quarter to 14,388.
    Analysts said the sharp drop in COE premiums was due to short notice of the additional quota, with the market unable to react in time.
    However, they cautioned that the drop is likely a short-term outcome, with more buyers now expected to flock to showrooms because of the lower prices.
    “As a result of this sharp drop in COE premiums, the car dealer market will start adjusting their package prices downwards. We're likely going to see more orders being made because of this,” Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) Associate Professor of Economics Walter Theseira told CNA938.
    “I think COE prices will likely be volatile for a while – perhaps for the next couple of rounds. As the market adjusts, this drop may not be sustained.”

    Article Credits: CNA
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    More riders holding on to their motorcycles as COE premiums stay high

    SINGAPORE – More motorcycle riders are holding on to their ageing bikes, as new ones become increasingly expensive due to high certificate of entitlement (COE) premiums.
    In the first eight months of 2023, 2,448 motorcycles had their COEs revalidated for 10 years. This already exceeds the 2,262 renewals made in the whole of 2022, up from 1,954 in 2021.
      For five-year renewals, the figure of 2,596 for the same period is also closing in on the 2022 total of 2,992 such renewals.
    The increase in COE renewals comes as new motorcycles become increasingly expensive to buy or rent. Those who own motorcycles are also less willing to sell them, based on the number of ownership transfers recorded.
      In 2023, motorcycle owners paid between $9,651 and $12,096 to renew their motorcycle COE for 10 years, higher than the $7,500 to $9,355 range in 2021.
    Motorcycle COE premiums soared in 2022, hitting a record of $13,189 in November that year. This pushed up the price of renewals, which is derived from the three-month average COE price.
    At the end of 2022, there were 10,137 motorcycles due to reach their 10th year in 2023. This will be when owners can decide whether to deregister their vehicles, or revalidate the COE for either five or 10 years.
      According to Land Transport Authority (LTA) data, proportionately more smaller motorcycles had their COEs renewed in 2023 than in the past two years.
    This refers to motorcycles with an engine capacity of up to 400cc, which include motorcycles that tend to be used for basic transport and food delivery services.
    There were 3,798 motorcycles with engines of up to 400cc that had their COEs renewed in the first eight months of 2023.
    This surpassed the 2,823 renewals in 2021, and is likely to at least match the 3,919 renewals seen in the whole of 2022.
    Five-year extensions are more popular for such motorcycles as owners pay half the cost to renew a COE for 10 years.
    However, the COE cannot be extended further unlike those that are renewed for 10 years.
      In the first eight months of 2023, the number of five-year renewals for smaller motorcycles was more than double that of 10-year renewals.
    The situation is reversed for motorcycles with engines larger than 400cc – 1,110 such motorcycles had their COEs renewed for 10 years, compared with just 136 that had the five-year option.
    Owners have one month to renew their COE after it expires, subject to late renewal fees.
    The most current available data on revalidation is up to August.
    It is also possible to revalidate a COE before it expires, forfeiting its remaining value.
    Unlike with cars, motorcycles do not get rebates on taxes paid when they are deregistered before the end of their 10th year.
    This means owners who keep their motorcycles on the road for the entire 10 years will not be forfeiting any scrap value.
    Based on published data from LTA, in September, a new Yamaha Nmax 155, without COE, cost $4,191. Registering one will cost around $15,000, after the COE price is included.
    An owner is thus more likely to renew the COE for his existing motorcycle, if it is still in working condition, than buy a new one.
    Article Credits: asia1.topnews.media
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