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A policy for the maximum permissible lifespan of vehicles in Malaysia has been in the works, and the study towards that is now at its final stage, according to a Bernama report. A proposal to incentivise owners of older vehicles to change those for newer ones is included as part of the study, which must be presented to Cabinet before its tabling in Parliament.

“We have not set a deadline to implement the policy because we know it involves various other matters and amending the transport laws, especially the Road Transport Act 1987. However, we understand the worries of the people because the older a vehicle is, more issues or problems arise,” said Malaysian transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

The vehicle scrappage policy, should it be implemented, will allow the transport ministry to determine the lifespan of vehicles allowed on roads, while providing incentives to owners of vehicles which are nearing the end of the pre-determined lifespan. “We may give rebates or cash to them who are ready to end their vehicles, and to us, it is the best way to reduce the number of old vehicles on the road,” Liow added.

Various departments and agencies want the new policy to be implemented immediately and have lodged complaints in order to reduce the incidence of abandoned vehicles, the transport minister said, adding that the abandoned vehicles likely hold stagnant water which will lead to more breeding grounds for mosquitoes and consequently, an increased incidence of dengue cases.

First brought up in 2009, the Vehicle End of Life policy has hung in limbo since minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said at the National Automotive Policy (NAP 2014) status update that “the public is not ready” for such a scrappage scheme.