Motor Industry supports Government on End of Life Vehicles Directive

21 June 2002 #SMMT News

The motor industry today welcomed the UK Governments announcement

on the first stage towards implementation of the End of Life Vehicle Directive.

In a written answer published this afternoon, DTI Minister,

Brian Wilson MP confirmed that vehicle manufacturers would take up their responsibilities

under the Directive for the historic car parc from 2007. This is in line with

the dates established by the European Commission and the approach being adopted

by other EU states.

The motor industry had been concerned that cost free take back

of all vehicles was to be introduced in the UK from 2002 – significantly damaging

British manufacturing in the process.

Speaking after the announcement, SMMT chief executive Christopher

Macgowan said, ‘The motor industry will continue to play its part in developing

greener and more recyclable products, however, there are many beneficiaries

of the motor car and they all have a role to play in an effective recycling

system. Already the majority of owners do the responsible thing when disposing

of their old vehicles and it is reasonable to expect all motorists to fulfill

this obligation.’

He continued by saying, ‘what needs to be seen now is treatment

facilities becoming more efficient in order to meet the strict environmental

standards required of them under the Directive. Improved productivity and price

transparency will help minimize any additional costs to last owners.’

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