Whether or not cars should have an expiry date is a debate that has been going on for a long time. Talk used to be just centred on expiry dates for car seats for small children but has now expanded to include cars themselves. The New Zealand Transport Agency offer an online form to check the expiry date of vehicle’s licence, exemption from licensing and last WoF inspection. But the question still stands: should cars have an expiry date?
In some countries like India for example, determining the end life of vehicles is mostly an economic issue. India’s government predicts that the country’s automotive industry will explode to up to $300 million in terms of value within the next ten years. This will generate up to 12% of India’s overall GDP. This unprecedented surge in vehicle demand will lead to more cars on India’s roads and in turn, the need for older vehicles to be done away with. These kinds of policies will not just focus on the lifespan of a car but the quality of its actual performance. Vehicles that are both older and deemed unfit for use on the roads will be scrapped.
Unfortunately, all around the world people tend to become very attached to their vehicles and have worked hard to maintain them and keep them in the best possible conditions. This makes determining a vehicle’s lifespan and when a vehicle should be scrapped a difficult subject. To many others, cars are more than just a means of transportation. They are a way of life. Cars hold a very special place in their hearts and it will be harder for them to let go.
But many countries have high-demand automobile markets coupled with oversaturated roads. Not to mention, too many vehicles can lead to a lot of environmental issues, such as air pollution. Older vehicles, especially, can emit dangerous levels of pollution. Determining the lifespan of vehicles is an easy solution to a growing problem. India’s idea of a solution might work well in other countries who are dealing with the same issue, including New Zealand.
Part of the removal process of older or dysfunctional vehicles is the removal of storage of potential toxins including oils, brake fluids, and fuel. These toxins are potentially dangerous and damaging to the surrounding environment. So not only is determining the expiry dates of cars an economic issue, it is also an environmental issue.
There are various initiatives across the world on the subject of a vehicles ‘End of Life’. For instance, In Europe, the EU’s End of Life Vehicle Directive set clear targets for reuse, recycling, and recovery of end-of-life vehicles and their parts. These policies also push the limits of auto manufacturers to produce new vehicles without these kinds of hazardous materials.
So yes, economically and environmentally, it is a good idea for cars to have an expiry date, but that does not mean that the car’s “life” should necessarily be over. It is up to those in the auto industry to recycle second-hand car parts and make sure they can easily and efficiently be put to good use, as well as to make sure that vehicle de-pollution processes are being handled properly for the sake of the surrounding environment.
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