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Vehicles: Disposal

Volume 702: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they have taken to ensure vehicle manufacturers make available all necessary technical information to enable authorised treatment facilities to recycle safely and efficiently all types of motor vehicle. [HL4217]

The End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations 2003 place an obligation on vehicle manufacturers and professional importers to provide dismantling and other environmental information for each type of new vehicle put on the market. The regulations apply to passenger cars and light vans, and are enforced on behalf of BERR by the Vehicle Certification Agency. No such obligation applies in respect of other vehicles. However, I understand that the International Dismantling Information System (IDIS), established by manufacturers, is prepared to consider any approach from the dismantling sector to include treatment data on heavy commercial vehicles in its database.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many vehicles are disposed of using a scrap metal shredding machine rather than first being depolluted at an authorised treatment facility; and [HL4219]

Whether a vehicle may be disposed of by processing it in a scrap metal shredding machine without it first being depolluted at an authorised treatment facility. [HL4220]

The End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations 2003 require all vehicles to be treated at authorised treatment facilities (ATFs) and to be depolluted prior to further treatment, whether at the same facility or elsewhere. The majority of shredder operators are also ATFs. Shredding of undepolluted vehicles is not permissible under the regulations.