The Government Wants To Set An Age Limit For Vehicles On The Road
A new policy to limit the lifespan of vehicles will soon become a reality as the Transport Ministry looks to improve road safety in the country
"It is in the final stages and the proposal will be submitted to the Cabinet for the next course of action, before being presented to Parliament," Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai told reporters after officiating the Perak MCA Convention yesterday, 29 October.
When asked what the lifespan of a vehicle should be, he said that no decision has been made.
Liow added that the ministry is looking at the possibility of offering incentives to owners who give up their old vehicles or discounts for new purchases
Liow added that the primary goal of the policy is to improve road safety and reduce accidents involving old vehicles
Liow cited the tragic accident that claimed eight lives near a toll plaza Penang on 24 October.
He said preliminary investigations found that the bus which broke down at the side of the road before being hit, was 32 years old, while the other bus was over 10 years old.
"Both buses had passed Puspakom vehicle inspection in September, however we are not sure whether the buses developed problems after the tests," he added.
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