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Journal of Applied Sciences
Year: 2014  |  Volume: 14  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 212 - 220

Public Community Knowledge on Reuse of End-of-Life Vehicles: A Case Study in an Automotive Industrial City in Malaysia

D.A. Wahab and Z.F. Fadzil    

Abstract: The automotive industry is facing a number of serious challenges related to the environmental impact of automotives throughout their entire life cycle. Recent initiatives on recovery of end of life vehicle component had a new impact not only to the automotive industry, but also the public at large. In Malaysia, despite a higher awareness on end of life recovery among the industry, it is uncertain as to whether the public are aware of the new phenomenon that has been successfully implemented in many developed countries including Europe and Japan. The aim of this study is to ascertain the level of knowledge of the public community with regard to end of life vehicle recovery. The study was conducted through field study based surveys on a public community of 400 respondents residing in Shah Alam, an industrial area in the state of Selangor in Malaysia. Out of the nine questions given to respondents, a total of seven questions attained answers in the range of ‘agree’ and ‘strongly agree’ giving a total percentage of 80.83%. While two questions attained answers in the range of ‘strongly disagree’ to ‘not sure’, giving a total percentage of 19.17%. The results of this study indicates that the knowledge of ELV need to be enhanced if end of life vehicle reuse is to be implemented to support a sustainable automotive development in the country. Several suggestions have been put forward in this paper to ensure a succesful implementation of ELV recovery in Malaysia.

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