Five years since it was first proposed, the End-of-Life (ELV) Vehicle Directive has just about made it to the statute books of a handful of EU member states. But the deadline of April 21, 2002 for transposition went by without a single EU country passing legislation. Vague and retrospective elements of the legislation's clauses have been blamed for the delays and several aspects of ELV have been bitterly opposed, no more so than in Germany where half of all cars on European roads are manufactured. Jonathan Thomson reviews the state of play.