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DVLA submissions
Even with the tick box gone from the V5, illegals can still buy ELVs. This is a chance for you to have your say about the problems.
MPs are to scrutinise the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and are calling for evidence. The Transport Committee intends to scrutinise the work of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) by taking oral evidence from them later this year. Written evidence is invited on the funding, organisation and work of both agencies and they would be grateful to receive submissions by Monday 5th September. This doesn’t leave much time so if you want to make a point, then send your submission to this email address. Also please visit the parliament website and take a look at their notes on what a submission should include.


We have raised a couple of issues below which you may want comment on as they are of great concern to any authorised treatment facility handling end of life vehicles. We would ask you to consider making a submission to hopefully influence any outcomes from the committee’s investigations. Don’t forget, it’s often hard to believe but your opinion does count!

First, I must say the biggest issue we had with DVLA has now been corrected thanks to MVDA’s long and hard fought battle with DVLA to remove the tick box (to scrap a vehicle) from the V5C. This change of heart should have meant that the only way to scrap a vehicle now was through an authorised treatment facility (ATF) and the issuing of a Certificate of Destruction (CoD). Unfortunately, there are still issues.

There are two big problems, awareness and enforcement. Unless DVLA enforce properly the statutory requirement that a CoD is issued to the last owner of a passenger car or light van, when that ELV is scrapped, then problems will continue to arise. DVLA appears to have done very little to publicise to the public the need to obtain a CoD when scrapping a vehicle. Coupled to this it is hard to find any evidence of much enforcement being carried out where CoDs have not been issued. With a lack of public awareness, the last owner of a vehicle can easily sell his car to an illegal operator unknowingly. This can only encourage the illegal collection and breaking of ELVs. You are then expected to compete in this unjust market place.

It is worth remembering that the requirement for a CoD as a condition for deregistration is law and was brought in under the 2003 Regulations that embedded the End of Life Vehicles Directive (2000/53/EC) into UK law. DVLA must make the public more aware of the CoD requirement and clamp down on those illegal operators not issuing the documentation.

Another area of contention is export. Apparently it is possible to return a V5 to DVLA stating that the vehicle has been exported. As far as we are aware, DVLA make no further checks to see if the vehicle has actually been exported. Again, the illegal operator is then at liberty to do what he wants with that vehicle. If this is yet another loophole, then DVLA must take corrective action.

You may well have other issues you wish to raise. This is an opportunity for the industry to have its say but time is short - the deadline is Monday 5th September. If you wish to make a submission then send it to this email address. Before you do so, please read the notes on the submission of written evidence on the parliament website.


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