With 6,350 COEs available for bidding each month, fewer certificates will be available during the February-April quota period.


There will be slightly fewer Certificates Of Entitlement (COEs) for the February-April quota period.

The increasing numbers of people opting to extending the lifespan of their vehicles instead of scrapping them has reduced the available COEs Around 6,350 COEs will be available for bidding each month, down from 6,830 in the current quota period, the Land Transport Authority said on 14 January 2020.

The COE supply for cars up to 1,600cc and 130bhp will average 1,945 a month, down from 2,036, while the COE supply for cars above 1,600cc or 130bhp will average 1,966, down from 2,023.

There will be 655 COEs a month for the Open category, down from 754. COEs in this category can be used for any vehicle type except motorcycles but end up almost exclusively for bigger cars.

Commercial vehicle COE bidders will have 629 certificates a month, down from 635. The motorcycle COE supply will shrink from 1,382 to 1,155.

Motor trader do not expect COE premiums to soar as demand for new cars continues to stay weak The across-the-board drop in supply partly has to do with more people extending the lifespan of their vehicles instead of scrapping them by the 10th year. It is only when a vehicle is scrapped that a fresh COE is released. There were 49,726 COEs that were revalidated (or renewed) in the first nine months of 2019, almost matching the 52,960 revalidated for the whole of 2018.

Motor traders do not expect COE premiums to soar with the smaller quota as the weaker economic outlook this year will temper demand for new cars.