All cars of seven seats or less, regardless of whether they are domestically manufactured or imported, must be stuck with energy labels.
They are among four groups of equipment and vehicles subject to energy labeling under Prime Minister Decision No. 04/2017/QD-TTg of March 9. These include household appliances, office equipment and commercial appliances, industrial equipment, and means of transport.
Energy saving label (left) and energy rating label (right) granted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade
Under the Decision, the following equipment is subject to compulsory energy labeling: tubular fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent lamps, electromagnetic and electronic ballasts for fluorescent lamps, air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, electric cookers, electric fans, television receivers, three-phase distribution transformers, electric engines, and commercial refrigeration cabinets. Meanwhile, energy labeling may be conducted on a voluntarily basis for LED lamps, tank water heaters and laptops by the end of December 31, 2019. From January 1, 2020, energy labeling will become compulsory for these products. As for photocopiers, computer monitors and printers, energy labeling is voluntary.
For cars of between over seven and nine seats, energy labeling will become compulsory from January 1, 2018. Meanwhile, the deadline for motorbikes and motorcycles will be January 1, 2020.
This new decision will take effect on April 25, and replace Decisions No. 51/2011/QD-TTg of September 12, 2011, and No. 03/2013/QD-TTg of January 14, 2013.- (VLLF)