KUALA LUMPUR: The Federation of Motor and Credit Companies Association of Malaysia has welcomed the Transport Ministry’s move to ensure all used vehicles are vetted before transfer of ownership.
“However, we urge the Government not to allow Puspakom to have a monopoly. There should be a few players who are allowed to operate and given the same recognition by the Road Transport Department (JPJ),” the association’s secretary Khoo Kah Jin said.
Khoo said this was because if every vehicle had to go to Puspakom for inspection, the queues would be long and this could give rise to corruption.
“We will all be at their mercy and some people would end up paying to get served faster,” he said.
Khoo said that apart from Puspakom, only the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) and Vesis Certification Sdn Bhd could do inspections.
“However, the AAM and Vesis Certification are only recognised by certain banks and not by the JPJ,” he added.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy announced yesterday that the Cabinet had recently approved the move to protect used-vehicle buyers from ending up with cut-and-join cars (kereta potong).
He said that all used cars would soon be made to undergo compulsory inspection at Puspakom before JPJ allows transfer of ownership.
It was reported that inspections at Puspakom cost between RM40 and RM80 depending on the vehicle type, with each inspection taking about 15 minutes for normal cars.
Puspakom now handles 2.6 million inspections a year through 64 branches nationwide. It has the concession to carry out mandatory inspections on commercial vehicles but private vehicles are checked only on a voluntary basis.
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