How End Of Life Vehicles Law Affects You

End of Life Vehicle Regulations 2003 SI2635

End of life vehicles (producer responsibility Regulations 2005 SI263

  • The 2003 regulations deal with information requirements, certificate of destruction requirements, and restricting the use of hazardous substances in new vehicles.
  • The 2005 regulations cover recycling targets and free-take-back for ELVs.

  • The 2007 regulations extended the treatment requirements in the UK to all waste motor vehicles (including coaches, buses, motor cycles, goods vehicles, etc).
  • Collecting, storing, treating and disposing of end-of-life vehicles can pollute the environment

Approximately 2 million vehicles become waste each year.

Guidance for vehicle manufactures

If your business manufactures or imports motor vehicles below 3.5 tonnes you must do the following.
Register with the department for business
Email:   Tel: 0207 2151330

The vehicles you manufacture must comply with certain design requirements. These include a restriction on the use of the following heavy metals in vehicle materials and components
•    cadmium
•    lead
•    mercury
•    hexavalent chromium

You must keep technical documents for 4 years

You must hold an exemption or full license.

Take-back system – you must have a free take-back system for the end-of-life vehicles that you are responsible for. BIS (Business, Innovation and Skills) must approve the system.

The guidance also sets higher re-use, recycling and recovery targets and limits the use of hazardous substances in both new vehicles and replacement vehicle parts

Environmental Permitting
The Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR) came into force on 6 April 2008.
As a first step, they combined Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) and Waste Management Licensing (WML). If you already have a PPC permit or a Waste Management Licence, it automatically became an Environmental Permit from 6 April 2008.

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