Complying with the End of Life Vehicles Regulations 2003 and 2005 for producers and importers of vehicles.
The End of Life Vehicles Regulations place responsibilities on producers of passenger cars and light goods vehicles.
Register with Defra
Producers and importers of vehicles must register with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). You must state the brands of vehicles for which you are responsible for meeting recovery and recycling targets.
Free take-back of end of life vehicles
As a vehicle producer you are required to make a convenient network of facilities available. End of life vehicles can be taken to these facilities for dismantling and recycling at no cost to the final owner.
Further advice on these requirements can be found in the End-of-life vehicles regulations: government guidance notes - June 2010 (PDF, 155KB, 35 pages) .
These facilities make sure that end-of-life vehicles and their components are handled in an environmentally friendly way.
Defra must approve any take-back scheme your business would like to run before it begins operating. Defra contact details are:
ELV Registration Unit
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Area 2B, Noble House
17 Smith Square
Materials and components
You must ensure that materials and components used in passenger cars and light goods vehicles do not contain lead, hexavalent chromium, cadmium or mercury. Spare, replacement and service parts for vehicles put on the market before 1 July 2003 are excluded from the regulations.
Mark or code vehicle parts
You must mark or code certain rubber and plastic vehicle parts (excluding tyres) weighing over 200 grams to promote dismantling, reuse, recycling or recovery.
Make information available
If you put a new type of vehicle on the market then within 6 months you must provide information on the materials and hazardous substances that have been used. You must provide guidance on how vehicle components can be dismantled, re-used or recovered. You must make this information easily accessible to potential buyers, for example, in promotional literature, written manuals, websites or on databases such as the International Dismantling Information System (IDIS). Find out about IDIS on the IDIS website.
You must keep documents to show that your vehicles, materials and components comply with the heavy metal restrictions and coding standards for plastic and rubber parts. You must keep your records for 4 years.
End-of-life vehicles regulations: government guidance notes - June 2010 (PDF, 155KB, 35 pages)
Responsibility for enforcing the End of Life Vehicles Regulations is shared between Defra and Regulatory Delivery.
Defra enforces the requirements:
- for vehicle producers to declare the brands for which they are responsible
- to have in place convenient networks of authorised treatment facilities (ATFs) offering free take back for these brands of vehicles
- for vehicle producers to meet recovery/recycling targets
Regulatory Delivery enforces the technical requirements affecting the design of new vehicles and components. In particular they are responsible for parts III and IV of the regulations which:
- restrict the use of certain heavy metals
- outline the marking requirements for rubber and plastic components
- detail the publication of design and dismantling information
The End of Life Vehicles Directive (2000/53/EC) is part of UK law under the End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations 2003 and the End of Life Vehicles (Producer Responsibility) Regulations 2005.
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