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End of Life Vehicles
- Compliance Management

Directive 2000/53/EC

European Parliament and Council Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles sets out specific measures to be put in place by Member States in relation to the collection, storage, treatment, dismantling, reuse and recycling of end-of-life vehicles.  Under the Directive, each Member State is required to:

  • achieve new recovery and recycling targets of
     - 85% reuse / recovery by average weight per vehicle deposited for appropriate treatment by 1 January 2006 (to include 80% materials recycling), and
     - 95% reuse / recovery by 1 January 2015 (to include 85% materials recycling);
  • ensure that all end-of-life vehicles are dismantled, treated and recovered by industry at no cost to the final holder / owner of that vehicle and in a manner that does not cause environmental pollution;
  • introduce systems whereby certificates of destruction are notified to the competent vehicle registration authorities on the deposit of end-of-life vehicles by their registered owners at authorised treatment facilities for appropriate treatment and recovery; and
  • minimise the use of specified hazardous substances in vehicles.

The Waste Management (End-of-Life Vehicles) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 282 of 2006) were made and came into effect on 8th June 2006.  The regulations fully transpose the provisions of Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles and are intended to facilitate its implementation in Ireland.

The Waste Management (End-of-Life Vehicles) Regulations, 2006 impose obligations on manufacturers / importers of motor vehicles.

Authorised Treatment Centre Obligations

Obligations are also imposed on all authorised treatment facilities to

  • ensure that such facilities operate under a waste license, or as appropriate, a waste permit and
  • meet the minimum technical requirements for the -
      • storage (including temporary storage) of end-of-life vehicles prior to their being the subject of appropriate treatment and recovery,
      • appropriate treatment and recovery of end-of-life vehicles,
      • storage of components containing fluids, recoverable components and spare parts.
  • keep records of the aggregate weight of materials for reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal arising from end-of-life vehicles and report to local authorities on an annual basis.

From the 1st January 2007 and onwards, on the deposit of an end-of-life vehicle at an authorised treatment facility for appropriate treatment and recovery, the owner or operator of that facility shall

  • issue a Certificate of Destruction to the registered owner, an authorised person of a local authority or a member of An Garda Síochána and
  • all relevant information relating to that certificate of destruction shall be noted on the National Vehicle File.  
  • No charge may be imposed by the authorised treatment facility on the registered owner of the end-of-life vehicle in respect of the Certificate of Destruction

We manage the registration process with each local authority, prepare implementation plans and manage the annual reporting process. We also liaise with the Local Authority Liaison Committee, the local authorities, dismantlers and re-processors, and central Government on an ongoing basis.

Contact us now if you need to determine your obligations under the Regulations.

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