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When a motor vehicle is waste

Are you sure you know when a vehicle becomes waste?
Following an ELV consultation group meeting towards the end of last year, MVDA asked the environment agency for an up to date position statement for when a vehicle becomes waste. It is worth reading just to keep yourself in line with current requirements (Please bear in mind this applies to England only).

The complete document is available here and includes common scenarios to help seizing authorities, vehicle recovery operators, insurers and operators of ATFs understand when a vehicle is an ELV and the controls that apply to the storage, movement and treatment of vehicles in various situations.

Below are specific points for those dealing with ELVs. The main requirements are:
  • You are registered as a waste carrier if you are transporting vehicles or vehicle parts that are waste (and you are not the producer of that waste) or you only use a registered waste carrier to transport your waste.
  • You ensure that waste vehicles when transported are accompanied by a hazardous waste consignment note, or if fully depolluted, are covered by a waste transfer note. (Waste regulations do not apply when collecting ELVs from general public - MVDA comment).
  • You register your premises as a producer of hazardous waste if you produce ELVs (i.e. vehicles become waste) at this location, or hold ELVs at your premises in any 12 month period. Registration is for a year and can be renewed as necessary.
  • You send us a quarterly consignee hazardous waste return for any hazardous waste that you have received.
  • You have an environmental permit and comply with it if you are receiving undepolluted waste vehicles.
  • If you receive depolluted vehicles that are waste, you can either register the U16 exemption if you can comply with its restrictive limitations or you must have an environmental permit.
  • Contact MVDA (members only) for advice before you send waste overseas; they will help you understand the controls that will apply.
What you can expect from the environment agency
They will:
  • Make guidance available to operators and their staff to promote a common understanding of the controls that apply to the handling of waste vehicles.
  • Continue to take firm enforcement action against operators of illegal vehicle dismantling sites (can't say I am 100% convinced on this claim! - Ed).
As we mentioned above, there are more details and example situations listed on the full document which is available here.

June 2014

Latest stories

Who’s buying our salvage vehicles in Europe?
It seems that there are some questions surrounding the purchasing of vehicles by other European countries, in particular Cat B vehicles. One of our readers asked us the following:
Diesel and petrol car sales to be banned from 2040
In recent news and following on from France’s commitment to take polluting vehicles off the road by 2040, Britain has also followed suit by banning the sales of all new diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040. The final plan is due by the end of July.
Palladium cost has increased, hitting a 16 year high
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There is a use for rusty old cars!
This years’ Glastonbury featured ‘Cineramageddon’ – an interesting use of old vehicles.
The pressure’s on for tyres!
The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) and National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) warn of rising costs on tyre recycling due to regulatory changes and market conditions, factors that will affect used tyre collectors and re-processors.
Volvo to go electric by 2019
Volvos plan is to launch five electric models between 2019 and 2012 and a number of hybrid models and they aim to sell one million electrified cars by 2025.
We’re not a scrap yard, we’re a vehicle dismantlers
Atf Pro met up with the guys at Skan 4x4 Ltd to take a look at their great setup.
Code of practice flawed, the opinion of the BVSF
One has to be concerned when the insurer’s new Code of Practice (CoP) that received its “soft launch” a week or so back isn’t supported by either the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers’ Association or the British Vehicle Salvage Federation, two of the main owners of the pre-existing code.