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01 Sep 2007 | Text and photos by Amery Reuben | Category: Car Ownership Advice

The Off-Peak Car (OPC) scheme gives drivers a sumptous $17,000 off the COE. But what else do you need to know about the scheme?


All off-peak cars must have a seal affixed onto the number plate by an authorized inspection centre.

The OPC (Off-Peak Car) scheme was introduced by the Singapore government to curb the amount of vehicles on the road during peak hours. For newly registered cars, there is an attractive upfront rebate of S$17,000 off the COE (Certificate of Entitlement) and ARF (Additional Registration Fee) in exchange for the reduced usage. There is also a S$800 discount per year from the normal car road tax, subject to a minimum road tax payment of S$50 a year. An OPC is marked by a red car plate to separate them from normal cars.

In the event that you wish to convert the OPC to a normal car, you would have to pay the government a pro-rated refund on the OPC rebate based on the number of years of COE left for the car.

When can I use my OPC

  Non-restricted hours
Weekdays 7pm-7am
Saturday and Eve of 5 major Public Holidays* 3pm onwards
Sundays and Public Holidays No restriction
* New Year, Lunar New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali and Christmas

Usage of OPC during restricted hours

A supplementary license has to be purchased for usage of OPC during restricted hours. The supplementary license can be bought during office hours from the following places:

- Automobile Association Of Singapore (Tel: 6333 8811)
• 336 River Valley Road
• 2 Kung Chong Road
- Any Singapore Post offices
List of Singpost branches
- Land Transport Authority office (Tel: 1800 2255582)
• 10 Sin Ming Drive

Failure to display or usage of invalid supplementary license during restricted hours is a serious offence. Offenders can be fined up to S$20,000 and/or imprisoned up to 12 months.

Click here to view an updated article on the Off Peak Car scheme
A OPC supplementary license costs $20 for a single day of usage
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