The UK motor industry today welcomed the government#;s announcement concerning the first stage towards implementation of the European Commission (EC) End of Life Vehicle Directive.

In a written answer to a parliamentary question published this afternoon (21 June), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) minister Brian Wilson confirmed that vehicle manufacturers would take up their responsibilities under the directive for the historic car parc from 2007.

This is in line with the dates established by the EC and the approach being adopted by other EU states.

The motor industry had been concerned that cost-free take-back of all vehicles was to be introduced in the UK from 2002 – significantly damaging British manufacturing in the process.

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) chief executive Christopher Macgowan said: “The motor industry will continue to play its part in developing greener and more recyclable products, however, there are many beneficiaries of the motor car and they all have a role to play in an effective recycling system.

“Already the majority of owners do the responsible thing when disposing of their old vehicles and it is reasonable to expect all motorists to fulfill this obligation.”

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