Motor Industry supports Government on End of Life Vehicles Directive

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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.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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