Gov’t advances with grant scheme incentivising replacing fossil fuel motorcyles for e-bikes

The Macau SAR government has enforced a financial support plan that will provide a MOP3,500 (US$435) grant to owners of traditional fossil fuel motorcycles who decide to replace them with new electric motorcycles.

The plan will provide financial support to owners of internal combustion engine motorcycles to encourage them to voluntarily replace them with motorcycles or mopeds registered for the first time in the MSAR and powered only by electricity.

Some MOP3,500 will be provided via the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Conservation for each motorcycle handed over for disposal and replaced by a new registered electric motorcycle.

Applications for the financial support plan must be sent to the Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA) between March 1 and December 31, 2022.

There are currently about 300 million electric bikes on Mainland China’s roads; a number predicted to continue to increase on the back of rising popularity and policy initiatives in the country.

Meanwhile, that trend has remained mute in Macau, with only 310 electric motorcycles registered with the Transport Bureau as of November, 2021, only about 0.3 per cent of the total motorcycles registered in the city.

The Macau SAR Second Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development for the 2021-2025 period emphasizes that authorities will advance efforts to reach peak carbon emissions before the previous target in 2030.

Authorities predict in the plan that the rate of electric vehicles among newly registered vehicles in the city to jump from 9.4 per cent to something between 15 and 20 per cent in 2025.

Other approaches will also include constantly reviewing the standards for vehicle exhaust emissions and new imported motorcycles and vehicles in circulation, as well as modernizing the rules on vehicle fuels and strengthening the monitoring of motor vehicles whose pollutant emissions exceed the limit value.