Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr. Adham Baba says that Malaysia is currently studying a viable approach to implement a vehicle end-of-life (ELV) policy by 2025, reports Bernama.
The minister said that the policy's development was important to make sure that the components and useable materials from old vehicles can be re-used and not thrown away. And aged vehicles are something we have, with over 19 million out of the 33 million registered cars on our roads being above 10 years old, based on data from the Transport Ministry.
Singapore and Japan are two countries Malaysia are looking towards in drafting the framework, since the pair are experienced in ELV recycling. He adds that over 70% of items extracted from ELVs could be exported, and could potentially be worth RM 10 billion for related industries.
"The excess of dilapidated vehicles, which also have resulted in dengue outbreaks, occur because there is yet a policy on the proper action that needs to be taken, with emphasis on the method of proper disposal," said Datuk Dr. Adham at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), representing the ELV Research Consortium, and Malaysia Automotive Recyclers Association (MAARA).
This collaboration between the three universitties (University Teknologi Malaysia, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, and University Teknikal Malaysia Melaka) and MAARA are aimed to research and gather data on the recyling and disposal of components from old vehicles.
Never mind that this was mooted by Datuk Dr. Adham Baba (why not the Transport Ministry?), this is also this is also the second time this topic has been talked about in 5 years, the last being in 2017 where the policy was said to be in its "final stages". The topic itself dates to 2009, but has hung in limbo with no definite action taken thus far.
Still, it's a touchy topic for many, especially enthusiasts hanging on to older vehicles.