The government says there are no plans to implement a Vehicle End of Life (ELV) policy to eliminate old vehicles from the road, The Star reports. This was reiterated by transport minister Anthony Loke in response to a news report published by Nanyang Siang Pau, which said there were plans to reintroduce plans for the policy by the second quarter of this year.

“That is fake news. There are no ELV policies for now. As I already said many times, there were studies before this, but there is no consideration (by the government). I’m shocked at the article, which was published before obtaining clarification from the ministry,” he said.

The report by the Chinese daily had quoted Malaysia Automotive, Robotics & IoT Institute (MARii) CEO Datuk Madani Sahari as saying that old vehicles will be required to go through an inspection before being allowed to renew their respective road tax and car insurance, suggesting that the ELV was about to be introduced.

When it was first announced at the end of 2009, the ELV proposal included mandatory annual inspections as a requirement for road tax renewal for vehicles aged 15 years and older as a precursor towards the eventual implementation of a full ELV policy. The policy was soon dropped following public outcry, but has resurfaced in the past.

Loke said that drivers are only required to go for a vehicle inspection under Puspakom if they fail to renew their road tax for more than 12 months. “That does not take into account the age of the vehicle. Road tax must be renewed every year. So, there’s no issue here.” he explained.

He said that matters pertaining to the ELV policy can only be announced by the transport ministry, and that the implementation of such policies lies under the authority of the road transport department (JPJ).

“Road tax renewals also fall under the JPJ, not other agencies. I hope the media will obtain clarification from the ministry before writing such reports, and there will be an explanation given to the public thats there are no (plans to introduce) the ELV policy for now,” he said, reassuring owners of old vehicles not to be worried.