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Malaysia to implement end-of-life vehicle management policy by 2025

According to Malaymail, Malaysia is studying a suitable approach to implement the end-of-life vehicle (ELV) management policy by 2025, said Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Dr Adham Baba during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), representing the ELV Research Consortium, and the Malaysia Automotive Recyclers Association (Maara). 


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The Minister said the development of the policy is important to ensure the components and usable materials of old vehicles can be of use and not simply thrown away. He said: 

“The excess of dilapidated vehicles, which also have resulted in dengue outbreaks, occurs because there is yet a policy that decides on the proper action that needs to be taken, with emphasis on the method of proper disposal.” 

Malaysia is looking at Singapore and Japan, two countries that have expertise in ELV recycling, to draft the framework, he said. He added that 70 percent of dismantled items from ELVs can be exported to other countries, which have the potential of reaching RM10 billion for related industries. 

Based on data from the Transport Ministry, since May 2022, there were 33 million registered vehicles in Malaysia, with 19 million at least a decade old. On the MOU signed today, Adham said the consortium involved three universities, UTM, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), with industry players, such as Maara, to resolve the issue of ELVs through recycling or upcycling. 

The MoU is aimed to gather information about re-manufacturing and recycling, as well as foster cooperation between industrial and consortium members through research and training programmes and develop a re-manufacturing and recycling plan to support the National Automotive Policy 2020. 

When asked about electric vehicles (EV), Adham said Malaysia intends to establish 10,000 charging stations throughout the country compared to 700 currently by 2025. 

The EV battery development industry would also need to be coordinated so that EVs can provide jobs for the B40 group, he added.