DTI consults on EC proposal on end-of-life vehicles

A consultation exercise to assess the implications of the draft EC Directive on end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) was initiated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on 2 February.1 The Government's initial estimate is that the Directive would cost the vehicle and allied industries £360-525 million per year when fully implemented - but the figure is subject to large uncertainties.

The draft Directive was finalised by the European Commission last summer (ENDS Report 270, pp 39-40 ) and published in November.2 Its main provisions would require each Member State to achieve an ELV reuse and recovery rate of 85% and a minimum reuse and recycling rate of 80% by January 2005. The target

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