Vehicle End of Life policy

The Vehicle End of Life policy could be reintroduced in the upcoming National Automotive Policy (NAP) revision, The Star reports. An anonymous industry source has told the daily that as a general rule, the policy could see 10- to 15-year old vehicles having to go through compulsory inspections to determine their roadworthiness.

“With the policy in place, consumers could opt for newer cars rather than using clunkers that are way past their lifespan. This would ensure continued new sales but it will only be successful with the right incentives,” he said, adding that the business of vehicle inspections could be extended beyond Puspakom centres to include qualified panel workshops.

The source did not say what would happen to vehicles older than 15 years – until a proper scrap policy is put into place, we are left guessing. The Vehicle End of Life policy was first announced in the 2009 NAP revision, stating a compulsory yearly inspection for vehicles older than 15 years as the first step towards the implementation of a full vehicle scrap policy. This was soon dropped following public protest.

Additionally, the source told The Star that regulations could be introduced for the after-market industry, including workshops, tyres and accessories shops, spare parts centres and car dealers.

The latest NAP revision is expected to be announced at the end of this year. For a sneak peek at what it could entail, read our report on our session with the MAI.