Old vehicles may be banned from Malaysian roads

BENTONG, 29 Oct 2017: 

The Transport Ministry is mulling the suitability of creating a vehicle expiry policy – which will decide the age limit of vehicles, said Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said the resolution was taken to reduce the risk of mishap due to the vehicle’s age factor as in the accident involving two buses near the Juru Toll Plaza, Penang on Oct 24 – in which eight people were killed.

He said preliminary investigations found that one bus – which broke down at the side of the road in the accident – was 32 years old while the other was more than 10 years old.

“Although, early investigations found both the buses passed inspection by Puspakom in September we do not know if the vehicle broke down after undergoing a test, especially a bus which is extremely old.

“As such, we look at the issue involving the age of the vehicle as a big matter in the aspect of road safety and this has been practised in other countries such as Japan and Singapore.”

– Bernama

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