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
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.’