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Phasing Out Pre-Euro IV Diesel Commercial Vehicles  

 
Background
Ex-gratia Payment Scheme
Registered Vehicle Scrapping Companies
Related Documents
Enquiry
 

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Background 
 

To improve roadside air quality and better protect public health, the Government will adopt an incentive-cum-regulatory approach to phase out some 82,000 pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles (DCVs) including goods vehicles, light buses and non-franchised buses.

 

Pre-Euro IV DCVs (i.e. pre-Euro, Euro I, Euro II and Euro III vehicles) are phased out by different retirement deadlines according to their first registration dates.  Eligible vehicle owners may apply for ex-gratia payment.  To help timely replacement of DCVs in the long run for better roadside air quality, the Government also limits the service life of DCVs newly registered on or after 1 February 2014 at 15 years.

 

The Government will stop issuing licences to the relevant DCVs after specified dates, unless they can comply with the emission standards applicable to them as if they were first registered on the date of the vehicle licence application Note.  The specified dates are:

  

(a) for pre-Euro IV DCVs which are distinguished by their first registration dates, the respective ex-gratia payment application deadlines set out in Table 1; and
   
(b)  for DCVs first registered on or after 1 February 2014, the day before the 15th anniversary date of first registration of the vehicles.
 

The relevant legal provisions are in the Air Pollution Control (Air Pollutant Emission) (Controlled Vehicles) Regulation (Cap.311X)

 

Note: Exemption may only be granted to a vehicle by the Director of Environmental Protection if the Director is satisfied that exceptional circumstances make it impractical or unreasonable for the vehicle, to comply with the Regulation.

 

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Ex-gratia Payment Scheme

 

Eligible registered owners of pre-Euro IV DCVs can apply for ex-gratia payment from 1 March 2014 onwards.  The ex-gratia payment application deadlines are set out below and in Table 1.

 
Ex-gratia Payment Application Deadlines for pre-Euro IV DCVs
The ex-gratia payment deadline for pre-Euro DCVs is 31 December 2015, while that for Euro I is 31 December 2016,  Euro II is 31 December 2017 and Euro III is 31 December 2019.
 

For ex-gratia payment applications made by mail to the Transport Department (TD), the date of application is determined by the postmark.  For applications made in person, the applications must be made to a TD’s licensing office on a working day on or before the deadlines.  For applications via drop-in boxes, they must be deposited at the drop-in box at any of the TD’s Licensing Offices on or before the deadlines.

 

The ex-gratia payment level is set out in Table 2.  It inversely correlates with the age of the vehicles and remains the same throughout the scheme.

   

Table 1. First Registration Dates for Distinguishing Pre-Euro IV Diesel Commercial Vehicles with Different Ex-gratia Payment Application Deadlines (Click to enlarge)

 

Table 1. First Registration Dates for Distinguishing Pre-Euro IV Diesel Commercial Vehicles with Different Ex-gratia Payment Application Deadlines

 
Table 2.  Amount of Ex-gratia Payment (Click to enlarge)
 

Table 2.  Amount of Ex-gratia Payment

 

Eligibility Criteria

 

The vehicle under application and the applicant must meet the following requirements:  

 

(a)

the vehicle is a DCV (i.e. a goods vehicle, light bus or non-franchised bus running on diesel) with a first registration date that falls within the dates specified in Table 1;

   

(b)

the vehicle is registered or has applied for re-registration as of 10 January 2014;

 

(c)

the vehicle is scrapped on or after 1 March 2014 by a vehicle scrapping company registered under the ex-gratia payment scheme;

 

(d)

the registration of the vehicle is cancelled after it is scrapped;

 

(e)

on the day when the registration is cancelled, the vehicle has a valid vehicle licence;

 

(f)

the applicant for the ex-gratia payment is the registered owner of the vehicle when it is scrapped and its registration is cancelled; and

 

(g)

the vehicle has not been approved to retain eligibility for the grant under the special arrangement for the incentive scheme for replacement of Euro II DCVs.

 

 

Application Procedures

 

The applicant needs to scrap his / her pre-Euro IV DCV within the period between 1 March 2014 and the respective ex-gratia payment application deadline (both dates inclusive) by a vehicle scrapping company registered under the scheme, and then notify the Commissioner for Transport of such scrapping with a Vehicle Scrapping Certificate issued by the vehicle scrapping company for cancelling the vehicle’s registration.  Within three months after the vehicle is scrapped and NOT later than the respective application deadline, the applicant should submit an application for ex-gratia payment to TD together with a photo showing the vehicle’s unique chassis number taken by the vehicle scrapping company before the vehicle is scrapped.  The ex-gratia payment application form and the relevant information for application can be found at TD’s website.

 
 
Example
 
DCV to be phased out:
Class: Light goods vehicle (van type) 
Permitted gross vehicle weight: 2.8 tonnes 
First registration date: 30 October 2000
Planned date to notify TD of the vehicle scrapping for cancelling the registration of the vehicle: 5 June 2014
Light goods vehicle (van type)
 

Q:

Is my vehicle above covered by the scheme?  If so, what are the date from which licence will not be issued and the ex-gratia payment application deadline?

A:

The ex-gratia payment application deadline for the vehicle is 31 December 2017, and the licence will not be issued from 1 January 2018.  The registered owner should submit an application for the ex-gratia payment to a TD's licensing office in person on or before 29 December 2017 (a working day), or by post (as indicated by the postmark) or via drop-in boxes on or before 31 December 2017.  The diagram below illustrates how this information can be checked from Table 1.

 
A diagram illustrating how to check the required information from Table 1 
  
Q: What is the ex-gratia payment amount?
A:

The scrapped vehicle is 13 years and 7 months old if the vehicle registration is cancelled on 5 June 2014 (thus counted as 13 years).  The ex-gratia payment amount for this vehicle is $79,200.  The diagram below illustrates how this information can be checked from Table 2.

 
A diagram illustrating how to check the required information from Table 2
 

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Registered Vehicle Scrapping Companies
 

The Environmental Protection Department has set up a list of vehicle scrapping companies registered under the ex-gratia payment scheme.  Eligible vehicle owners who wish to apply for the ex-gratia payment should check the latest list below to identify a registered vehicle scrapping company for scrapping their vehicles.

 

List of Registered Vehicle Scrapping CompaniesPDF file

 
Application for and Responsibilities of Registered Vehicle Scrapping Companies
 

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Related Documents

 

Reminders from Transport Department for Registered Owners of Non-franchised Buses and Public Light Buses PDF file

  

Discussion paper for the meeting of the Panel on Environmental Affairs of the Legislative Council on 2 October 2013PDF file

 

Legislative Council Brief on the Regulation PDF file
  

Discussion paper for the meeting of the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council on 10 January 2014PDF file

 

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Enquiry
 
Please contact the following departments for enquiries:
 

  
 

Retirement of pre-Euro IV DCVs and the ex-gratia payment scheme 

Application for ex-gratia payment and cancellation of vehicle registration

 
Department
 

Environmental Protection Department

Transport Department

 
Phone
 

2651 1100

2804 2600

 
Email
 

preEU4dcv@epd.gov.hk

licensing@td.gov.hk

 

 

 
 

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