The transport ministry is looking into a possible solution to tackle the problem of abandoned vehicles, for which there are currently no provisions in the law to remove and dispose. It is studying the feasibility of implementing deregistration certificates for registered abandoned vehicles to kick start the process, Malay Mail reports.

Transport minister Anthony Loke said that presently, there were no existing regulations or rules that the road transport department (JPJ) can apply to get rid of these abandoned vehicles.

“Therefore, I have requested JPJ to come up with suggestions to implement a possible deregistration certificate mechanism. With a deregistration certificate mechanism running, local government authorities can proceed with scrapping these vehicles to solve the problem currently faced in densely populated areas,” he said.

Loke explained that this action was needed following numerous public complaints received by the local government authorities, especially in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. “Many of these vehicles, which are still registered, are left abandoned in housing areas, causing an eyesore and potential health hazards from the rusting metal,” he said.

Last year, it was reported that there were no fewer than eight million abandoned vehicles across the country, and the natural resources and environment ministry (NRE) said it was planning a review of the law to empower authorities to dispose of these vehicles. The suggested plan then was to remove these vehicles and dispose them at gazetted vehicle graveyards.