The government’s recent announcement that it plans to implement an end-of-life vehicle (ELV) management policy by 2025 worries drivers in rural and low-income groups who say they don’t understand the plan and fear to have to abandon their old cars still running.
Thanks to the VHU policy, vehicles that have reached the end of their life can be used for their components.
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Adham Baba, in announcing the deal, said it would ensure that components and usable material from old vehicles could be used and not just thrown away.
Similar policies are in place in countries such as Singapore and Japan, and in Malaysia the ELV management plan is currently under review by parties such as Adham’s Ministry and a number of public universities.
A MalaysiaNow visit to two villages in Sungai Buloh and Shah Alam, however, revealed that most drivers did not understand the concepts behind the ELV plan.
Rustam Shah, a restaurant assistant at Kampung Paya Jaras Hilir, said his car was over 20 years old and had been used by two generations of his family.
“What kind of car will people say need to be dismantled and scrapped?” He asked.
“My car is over 20 years old but it still works well for driving short distances.
“Anyway, it’s the only car I have,” he added. “I’ve been using it since my dad passed away in 2009.”
Data from the Ministry of Transport shows that in May this year, 33 million vehicles were registered in the country, of which 19 million were 10 years old and older.
Part of the government’s concern with old vehicles on the road is that they will contribute to environmental pollution and pose a hazard to road users.
He also estimates that about 70% of auto parts can be exported to other countries, earning up to RM10 billion.
For now, however, even some Continental vehicle collectors are confused by the proposed ELV policy.
For them too, the question is which vehicles can be eliminated.
“If they want to recycle vehicle components, they need to be clear that it only applies to abandoned or used cars,” said Ahmad Khalid, who is part of a Facebook group for Mercedes collectors. Benz W203.
“Those left in the workshop or on the side of the road.
“But if vehicles are rated on their age, what will happen to the cars in our collection? All are in good condition and well maintained.”
He also questioned Adham’s statement that old vehicles were abandoned to the point where they had become breeding grounds for dengue fever.
He said the government should instead focus on a disposal strategy that is environmentally friendly and does not burden people.
“The cost of maintaining used vehicles is very high,” said Khalid, a government retiree.
“When the government suddenly announces that it wants to eliminate them, we feel like all our work has been wasted.
“And what about families who only have one car? Do they also have to get rid of their car?
In Singapore and Japan, ELV vehicles enter the used vehicle market in Malaysia where they are sold at lower prices.
In Western countries that are among the largest branded vehicle manufacturers, ELV policies have long been the norm.
They are currently focusing on scrapping or recycling electric vehicles with expired batteries.
In Shah Alam, a security guard who asked to be known as Nilakantna asked what he would get in return if his 1997 Proton Saga was dismantled for parts.
“Are they going to pay me something? If they want it, they can take it,” he said.
“Otherwise, I will continue to drive my car, even if I am no longer entitled to pay road tax. It is better for me to save my money.”