Loke denies report on the introduction of ELV policy

The public should not be alarmed as there is no plan to implement this (ELV) yet, says minister

By LYDIA NATHAN / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

Transport Minister Anthony Loke (picture) has denied a news report claiming that the government is planning to introduce the End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) policy for older vehicles by the second quarter this year.

He reiterated that there is no plan to implement the policy, neither is it being considered.

“It is fake news. As of now, we do not plan to implement an ELV policy.

“The authority to implement such a policy lies with the ministry and (would be) executed by the Road Transport Department (JPJ), and not other agencies,” he told a press conference after attending JPJ’s 73rd anniversary celebration in Putrajaya yesterday.

Loke said a study was conducted on the policy before this, but his ministry decided not to introduce any limits to the life of a vehicle.

“The public should not be alarmed as there is no plan to implement this (ELV) yet,” he added.

Loke also explained that drivers are only required to go for vehicle inspections under Puspakom Sdn Bhd if road tax is not renewed for more than 12 months.

“This does not take into account the age of the vehicle as road tax needs to be renewed every year,” he said.

Meanwhile, Loke said JPJ collected RM4.23 billion in revenue in 2018, and will aim to collect RM4.3 billion this year.

He said JPJ is one of the top four departments with high revenue collected, the others being the Royal Malaysian Customs Department, the Inland Revenue Board and the Immigration Department.

Separately, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Dr Ong Kian Ming said the government is still deliberating on the implementation of the ELV.

He said several ministries are still reviewing the scrap car policy to be included in the revised National Automotive Policy (NAP).

“We are still in discussions with the relevant ministries as this needs to be thought about very carefully because it affects different people at different stages of the industry, particularly the upstream and downstream markets.

“My ministry will continue to have discussions with the Ministry of Transport and other relevant ministries on the policy,” he told reporters at the Huawei Global Training Centre in Cyberjaya yesterday.

In the revised NAP’s consultative paper entitled “Review of NAP” cited by The Malaysian Reserve, it has mentioned several proposals and measures related to the ELV implementation.

The consultative paper, which was prepared by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, will be deliberated by several ministries and industry stakeholders before concluding the final form of the country’s automotive policy.