In order to reduce the number of old cars on the road, the transport ministry could look to revive the Cash for Clunkers programme, according to a report by The Edge.

This isn’t the first time such a programme was suggested, which offers rebates to owners who trade in their old vehicles for a new one. “There is no decision made on this as yet, but I have been briefed by my officers that there are some plans related to this,” said transport minister Anthony Loke.

Previously, the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) put forth the Vehicle End of Life policy that would be implemented though a Cash for Clunkers scrappage scheme. Under the programme, owners of vehicles aged 10 years or more would be given a rebate of up to RM5,000 when they trade in their vehicles (regardless of brand) for a new one from any local OEM producer.

In April this year, Proton Edar Dealers Association Malaysia (Peda) urged the government to expedite the implementation of the policy. The policy was originally scheduled to go live in 2014, but was rejected due to an unfavourable response from the public.

When first proposed, the policy required owners of vehicles that are aged 15 years or older to bring them for mandatory annual inspections as a requirement for road tax renewal. Failure to pass the inspection will require the vehicle to be repaired until it is able to pass the insepection.

Once again, this brings up the question: are you in support of a Cash for Clunkers programme in Malaysia?