Vehicle manufacturers and importers: end-of-life vehicles regulations

How to comply with the end-of-life vehicles regulations 2003 and the end-of-life vehicles regulations 2005 if you produce or import vehicles.

The end-of-life vehicles regulations apply to passenger cars and light goods vehicles. If you are a vehicle producer you have responsibilities.

Register with BIS

Producers and importers of vehicles must register with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). 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 2005: statutory instrument 2005 (263) - guidance notes (PDF, 81KB, 16 pages) .

These facilities make sure that end-of-life vehicles and their components are disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

BIS must approve any take-back scheme your business would like to run before it begins operating. BIS contact details are:

ELV Registration Unit
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
4th Floor, Victoria 2
1 Victoria Street



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.

Keep records

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.

Further documentation

End-of-life vehicles regulations: government guidance notes - June 2010 (PDF, 155KB, 35 pages)

End-of-life vehicles regulations 2005: statutory instrument 2005 (263) - guidance notes (PDF, 81KB, 16 pages)


This is separated between BIS and the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO).

BIS 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

The NMRO enforces the technical requirements affecting the design of new vehicles and components. In particular they are responsible for part’s 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

NMRO works in partnership with businesses to ensure they meet the legislative requirements of ELV at an early stage. Taking a risk based approach to enforcement their work includes monitoring the market, testing equipment and contacting businesses to see records or visit premises to check control systems.

If you fail to comply with the requirements of the regulations this could result in prosecution.

NMRO contact

To contact the NMRO, please use the online enquiries system, by choosing the relevant enquiry form and following the on screen instructions.

Enquiries can also be submitted in writing to:

NMRO Enforcement Authority
Stanton Avenue
TW11 0JZ

The NMRO offer free email alerts relating to development specific to this area of legislation.



The End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations 2003 Statutory Instrument.

European Union

The EU End-of-Life Directive (2000/53/EC) (September 2000).