Published on: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Kota Kinabalu: The Auto Traders Association of Sabah (ATAS) hopes the government will reintroduce the incentives provided for hybrid cars in next year's National Budget to encourage more people to go for environmentally-friendly vehicle.
Its President Dr James Yong Chau Leong said more and more people in the country, including Sabah, are actually changing to hybrid cars as they try to find ways to cope with the increase in prices of goods including fuel.
"We are also surprised hybrid cars are catching up in the country, including Sabah.
Probably because they are very economical," he said, when met at the just concluded 6th ATAS car show held at Sabah Trade Centre here.
"Last year was the best, because of lots of incentives provided by the government for new cars especially for locally assembled hybrid carsÉif the government continues to provide subsidies for hybrid cars, definitely it would boost the use of hybrid cars," he added.
The incentive provided for hybrid cars was in the form of 50 per cent subsidies, which later dropped to 20 per cent.
"We hope in the coming budget the Prime Minister will again announce incentives for hybrid cars," he said, adding their members are actually getting many inquiries on hybrid cars.