A total of 120 deregistered vehicles, mostly saloon cars, were seized by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) at several locations earlier this month.
LTA said in a statement on Monday (18 June) it carried out a sting operation on 7 June that netted the vehicles possessed by car dealers and owners that had either been declared as exported, or kept longer than the permissible deadline for them to be disposed. The owners of the raided premises were assisting in investigations, the LTA added.
Most vehicles in Singapore are allowed to be registered for 10 years before requiring a renewal of their Certificate of Entitlement (COE). Upon reaching 10 years of age, unless renewed, vehicles are supposed to be disposed of within a month of deregistration, either at an LTA-authorised scrapyard, LTA-authorised Export Processing Zone or exported abroad.
LTA reminded vehicle owners that they have to submit proof to the authority that a deregistered vehicle has been disposed of. Anyone who possesses, uses or allows to be used a deregistered vehicle beyond the permissible deadline can be charged in court and fined up to $2,000 or jailed up to three months, or both, for the first offence. Repeat offenders face a fine of up to $5,000 or jailed up to six months, or both.
In addition, any person found guilty of making a false declaration to the LTA on the disposal of a deregistered vehicle may be fined up to $5,000 or jailed up to 12 months, or both.
The authority added that deregistered vehicles are uninsured, and anyone found guilty of driving an uninsured vehicle faces a fine of up to $1,000, a jail term of three months, or both, and disqualification from driving for at least a year.