Why complicate the COE system even more?

130 hp power limit for Cat A too complex to implement


IT IS safe to say the folks at the automotive policy and planning unit of the Land Transport Authority (LTA) won't be headhunted by Apple anytime soon - if only because the American company's core philosophy of elegant simplicity would be lost on them.

Witness the tangled web that is the certificate of entitlement (COE) system and how it has become even more complicated since February, when a power limit of 130 hp was adopted for the small-car category of COEs (that is, for cars with 1,600 cc engines or smaller).

The cap was added to the 24-year-old scheme that auctions off various categories of vehicle registration licences for social equity reasons - to ensure that Category A better...

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