The Ford network of 'takeback' and treatment facilities currently being established to meet the European Commision's End of Life Vehicles (ELV) directive, has now grown to 25 sites across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Earlier this year Ford was the first manufacturer to announce a comprehensive plan to meet ELV legislation and it is now also the first company in the automotive sector to establish 'takeback' points in all four countries of the United Kingdom.

Working in partnership with Cartakeback Limited, Ford's newly-appointed sites will provide customers of the Ford group brands sold in the UK - Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, Aston Martin and Mazda - with a free 'takeback' service for all ELVs from January 1, 2007.

From that date the ELV directive will require motor vehicle manufacturers and importers to take back vehicles - regardless of the date of a vehicle's first registration - that they put on the market at the end of their life ensuring that they are treated in an environmentally responsible manner.

Meet recycling and recovery targets of 85% by weight in 2006.

This service will be available to the last owners of all Ford group brands qualifying vehicles that have reached the end of their lives when presented at a Ford-appointed facility.

All the Ford contracted sites are fully licensed by the Environment Agency as authorised treatment facilities and also meet additional Ford professional quality standards for the receipt, treatment and recovery of end of life vehicles.

Ford will increase the number of facilities in the network to meet the criteria set down in the UK ELV (Producer Responsibility) Regulations 2005 in time for the 31 August, 2005, deadline set by the Department of Trade and Industry.