Here’s something that will make the process of selling a car that bit more convenient. The validity of the Puspakom inspection, which is of course mandatory before a vehicle changes hands, will soon be extended to six months. The validity period is currently 30 days.

This was revealed by transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, reported by Bernama. He said that the move is to facilitate the process of purchasing and transfer of ownership of used vehicles.

Liow added that the ministry has agreed in principle to extend the period after receiving a proposal from the Federation Of Motor And Credit Companies Association Of Malaysia (FMCCAM).

“I will direct the Road Transport Department director-general to review and approve the matter immediately to be enforced,” he said after witnessing the signing of a MoU between the FMCCAM, Singapore Vehicles Traders Association and the Association of Used Car Thailand.

Liow said his ministry would also look into the agreement between the government and Puspakom, a private entity, from the legal aspect and the implications of this development, adding that the matter need not be referred to the Cabinet as it was under the jurisdiction of the transport ministry.

Recently, the transport ministry gave Puspakom the green light to appoint reputable private workshops to be its agents, a move that aims expand the inspection company’s reach and services to rural areas.