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If you haven't submitted your recovery targets then they could be coming after you!
Government legislation has led many of us to react quickly to new rules and by doing so we have usually paid a heavy price for early compliance.
The 2006 85% recycling targets are another area where the industry was warned that failure to achieve the target would result in prosecution. And now, after 5 years of delay, we are finally starting to see this happen. In the last month or so nine businesses have been taken to court & successfully prosecuted by BIS (the Government Department with responsibility for enforcing the target requirements). And there are already more prosecutions scheduled for early 2012. All those taken to court have been found guilty with fines ranging up to £4,000.
Duncan Wemyss, the Secretary of MVDA explained, “Although it has taken time for this to happen at least those who are doing the right thing aren’t getting penalised now”. He went on, “We should see these prosecutions as a warning shot across the bows. These targets apply to us all and it’s only fair that we all comply. Let’s face it, those doing the job as required by the law are being put at a financial disadvantage to those who choose to ignore the 85% (and soon to be 95%) recovery target”. The initial 20 or so prosecutions may be regarded as ‘test cases’ for BIS enforcement, so it remains to be seen whether the level of fine in future will more closely reflect the costs that an illegal operator avoids.
The prosecutions so far have only been against companies that have failed to report their targets at all, and not those who have reported but failed to meet the 85% target. No doubt that will come once the more serious problem of failure to report has been sorted. Meeting the 85% is a tough job. Some specialist dismantlers have reached this figure on their own; by the nature of their business model they can sell more of a vehicle than a general dismantler. But the vast majority of ATFs have relied on the additional inputs supplied by the shredder operators from their post shredder technologies.
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Diesel scrappage scheme looks likely
Following on from the article we ran in January, it now appears that a diesel scrappage scheme could be in place within the next few months.
New ELV Compliance Scheme in the Republic of Ireland
From January 2017, ELV Environmental Services CLG (ELVES for short) has been approved to be the ELV compliance scheme in the Republic of Ireland under recently amended ELV Regulations.
Environment Agency must get its act together
With yet another report of an illegal operator on the news recently; this time a major fire at a plastics recycler. How long is it going to take for the legitimate operator to be able to run his/her business on a level playing field?
Biggest Change to Health and Safety Since 1974?
n 1974 The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act revolutionised the world of safety and this is still the most likely starting point for a health and safety prosecution. However in this article, Phil Wass makes all readers aware of a change which many of you may not have noticed during last year.
Do you flare LPG - then you need to read this!
The government recently put out a regulatory position statement (RPS) covering the flaring of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) removed from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) at permitted sites
Handling long-term absence - part 2
In this second part of a two part article, Amanda Jefferies explains how handling long-term absence in the workplace is a delicate matter.
Maximise your space
If you want to make more profit then you need more vehicles, and that means you need to expand. Not necessarily. It’s the start of a brand new year and it’s a great time to look at how to improve your business.
Scrap prices higher - are you getting the benefit?
Metals prices hopefully have further to go but they are now well off the lows of last year, and after parts sales, are the most promising area for a vehicle dismantler to capitalise on.
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