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Phasing Out Pre-Euro IV Diesel Commercial Vehicles

Background
Ex-gratia Payment Scheme

Common Errors in Applications
Statistics of Ex-gratia Payment Applications
Related Documents
Enquiry

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Application for ex-gratia payment for phasing out

pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles is closed.
 

 

 

 
Background

To improve roadside air quality and better protect public health, the Government adopts 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 to 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. Since the Regulation came into effect, exemptions were granted for 26 pre-Euro IV DCVs to extend the retirement deadline in accordance with Section 6 of 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

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Note: Application for ex-gratia payment for phasing out pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles is closed.

 

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 DCV

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

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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.

 
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

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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 by hand on or before 29 December 2017 (a working day), or by post (as determined 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.
 
Table 1: A diagram illustrating how to check the required info
 

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.
 
Table 2 : A diagram illustrating how to check the required information

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Common Errors in Applications  

Vehicle owners who are interested to apply for the ex-gratia payment should, before scrapping the vehicles, make reference to the “Checklist for submission of application” for checking whether their applications fulfill all application requirements. Some common errors made by vehicle owners in the ex-gratia payment applications are listed out below for reference. In particular, vehicle owners should pay special attention to the key points and time sequence for the various steps in the application to avoid making similar errors in their applications.

 

Checklist for submission of applicationPDF file

 
Common Errors

Relevant Eligibility Criteria /

 Application Procedures to be met

Points to note
Vehicle owner cancelled the vehicle registration after the expiry/cancellation of the vehicle licence (see Figure 1). Fail to meet criterion No. 5 "on the day when the registration is cancelled, the vehicle has a valid vehicle licence". Vehicle owner should check the expiry date of his/her vehicle licence before scrapping the vehicle. He/She should make necessary preparation and arrangement as early as possible (e.g. arranging vehicle examination for licence renewal or making appointment for scrapping the vehicle at appropriate time) to ensure meeting eligibility criteria No. 5.

When vehicle owner applies for “Cancellation of Vehicle Registration”, the TD will cancel the vehicle licence at the same time and hence there is no need for the vehicle owner to apply for “Cancellation of Vehicle Licence” separately. “Cancellation of Vehicle Registration” and  “Cancellation of Vehicle Licence” are two different types of applications. If the vehicle owner applies for “Cancellation of Vehicle Licence” without “Cancellation of Vehicle Registration”, he/she will not be eligible for the Scheme.

New vehicle owner scrapped his/her vehicle without completing transfer of vehicle ownership with TD (see Figure 2). Fail to meet criterion No. 6 "the applicant for the ex-gratia payment is the registered owner of the vehicle when it is scrapped and its registration is cancelled". After purchasing the vehicle, new vehicle owner should first submit application for transfer of vehicle ownership to TD and upon obtaining TD’s written approval, he/she can then proceed to arrange for scrapping the vehicle by a registered vehicle scrapping company.
Vehicle under application was not scrapped by a registered vehicle scrapping company. Fail to meet the criterion No. 3 "the vehicle is scrapped on or after 1 March 2014 by a vehicle scrapping company registered under the ex-gratia payment scheme". Before scrapping his/her vehicle, vehicle owner should check the latest list of registered vehicle scrapping companies to identify a registered vehicle scrapping company for scrapping the vehicle.
Vehicle under application is not a pre-Euro IV DCV such as special purpose vehicle or its first registration date does not fall within the specified dates. Fail to meet the criterion No. 1 "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.

 

Vehicle owner should check whether his/her vehicle is classified as a pre-Euro IV DCV under the ex-gratia payment scheme from the information in the Vehicle Registration Document and if in doubt, contact EPD or TD.
Photo affixed to the ex-gratia payment application form does not show clearly the vehicle’s unique chassis number. Fail to meet the application procedures of submitting a photo clearly showing the vehicle’s unique chassis number taken by the registered vehicle scrapping company before the vehicle is scrapped.

 

Before scrapping his/her vehicle, vehicle owner is advised to check whether the photo of the vehicle taken by the registered vehicle scrapping company clearly shows each numeral and letter of the chassis number.
 
 
 
Figure 2 : Time sequence for new vehicle owner scrapped his/her vehicle

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Statistics of Ex-gratia Payment Applications  
 
 

No. of applications for ex-gratia payment received

(as of 29 February 2020)

Euro III
Light goods vehicles 16,698
Medium goods vehicles 9,320
Heavy goods vehicles 497
Public light buses 406
Private light buses 186
Non-franchised buses 2,534
Total 29,641
 
  No. of Eligible DCVs*
Euro III
Light goods vehicles 17,525
Medium goods vehicles 9,659
Heavy goods vehicles 513
Public light buses 405
Private light buses 195
Non-franchised buses 2,611
Total 30,908
* Revised on 11 September 2014.
 

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Related Documents

Details of Special Arrangement for Ex-gratia Payment for Phasing Out Euro II Diesel Public Light Bus PDF file

Details of Special Arrangement for Ex-gratia Payment for Phasing Out Euro II Diesel Private Light BusPDF file

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

Reminders from TD 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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User review date: 
Monday, 21 September, 2020