Extend COE revalidation of old cars

Motorists have been revalidating their certificates of entitlement (COEs) so that they can keep their cars beyond the 10-year COE validity period ("More old cars staying on the roads"; Sept 12).

My car is eight years old and its COE will expire in two years' time.

With cars now more technologically advanced, it is disappointing that they have to be scrapped when they are 10 years old. The alternative is for car owners to revalidate the COEs so they can be used for another five or 10 years.

For vehicles registered after 2005, the Transport Ministry should consider allowing their COEs to be revalidated for up to 12 years, after stringent checks at authorised inspection centres.

Another suggestion is to give vehicle owners with good driving records rebates to revalidate their COEs at a lower premium.

It is really a waste to scrap or export a 10-year-old vehicle that is still safe and reliable.

Muhammad Dzul Azhan Haji Sahban