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End-of-Life Vehicles

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps the Environment Agency has taken to implement the end-of-life vehicle legislation; (75656)

(2) how many operators have been prosecuted due to failure to apply for a site licence for storing and treating end-of-life vehicles.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has transposed the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive (2000/53/EC) through the End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations 2003 (SI 2003/2635) and the End-of-Life Vehicles (Producer Responsibility) Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/263). DEFRA has responsibility for Part VII of the 2003 Regulations, on the keeping and treatment of waste motor vehicles, and these provisions are enforced by the Environment Agency (EA) in England and Wales.

All facilities treating un-depolluted end-of-life vehicles are required to have a permit, a condition of which is that the site in question must meet the minimum technical standards set down in Schedule 5 to the Regulations.

There are currently around 1,100 ‘Authorised Treatment Facilities’ for ELVs. The EA has worked closely with DEFRA, DTI and the vehicle dismantling sector to produce practical treatment guidance. Sites that hold the necessary site licence are inspected by the EA to ensure that they meet required standards. The EA also investigates sites thought to be handling vehicles illegally.

In 2004, the EA took forward 15 prosecutions for offences involving the keeping or treatment of ELVs. The figure for 2005 was 30. There have been 13 in the first five months of 2006. These are cases where ELVs were the main, or a significant proportion of, the waste being handled illegally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidelines have been issued by his Department to authorised treatment facilities licensed to store and treat end-of-life vehicles. (75657)

‘Guidance for Authorised Treatment Facilities’, a booklet providing guidance on de-polluting end-of-life vehicles, has been issued by the Department and is available from:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/topics/elvehicledir.htm

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the operators in North Devon who have been issued with a licence for storing and treating end-of-life vehicles. (75659)

The operators in North Devon who have been issued with a licence for storing and treating end-of-life vehicles are listed in the following table.

Company name (licence holder)

Address

Mr. R. Penfold, South Molton Metals

Pathfields Business Park, Quicks Close, Hacche Lane, South Molton, Devon

Esau's Vehicle Dismantlers, Mr. A. J. Esau and Mr. P. L. Cridge

Adjavin Lane, Clovelly Road, Bideford, Devon

Oxy Ltd., Stoneybridge Vehicle Dismantlers

Stoneybridge, Knowle, Braunton, Devon

James Sherlock BMW Motorcycles

3 Cooks Cross Industrial Estate, South Molton, Devon

Mr. A. C. Poulton, Deepmoor

Deepmoor, St. Giles in the Wood, Torrington, Devon

Mr. G. Holmes and Mr. P. Holmes

No 2 Yard, Patchacott Cross, Patchacott, Seaworthy, Devon

Gilead Foundation Charity

Risdon Farm, Jacobstowe, Okehampton, Devon

Mr. Stephen W. Bolt and Mr. Michael Pilivant

3 Oaklands Drive, Okehampton, Devon

Mr. C. E. K. Patience

29 Yelland Road, Fremington, Barnstaple, Devon

Bedminster Estates Limited

Seven Brethren Industrial Estate, Barnstaple, Devon

Mr. H. and Mrs. E Penfold

Sunnyside, Station Road, South Molton, Devon

In order to treat end-of-life vehicles, licensed sites also need to meet the requirements of the End-of-Life Vehicle Regulations 2003. To do this they need to have the necessary infrastructure in place to be an authorised treatment facility (ATF). The Environment Agency inspects and approves such facilities under these Regulations. At present only those sites listed below are both licensed and authorised to treat end-of-life vehicles.

Company name (licence holder)

Address

Mr. R. Penfold t/a South Molton Metals

Quicks Close, Hacche Lane, South Molton, Devon

Esau's vehicle dismantlers

Clovelly Road, Bideford, Devon

Oxy Ltd. t/a Stoneybridge Vehicle Dismantlers

Stoneybridge, Knowle, Braunton, Devon

James Sherlock BMW Motorcycles

3 Cooks Cross Industrial Estate, South Molton, Devon

There are a number of sites in North Devon that are registered as exempt from the requirement to have a waste management licence under paragraph 45 of the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994 (as amended). This exemption allows for the storage of dry ferrous and non-ferrous metals and storage of depolluted end-of-life vehicles. It does not allow for the storage and treatment of un-depolluted vehicles for which a licence would be required.