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500,000 vehicles missing each year - time to act

illegal vehicle dismantling
Illegal operators are mainly responsible for this problem and it's the legitimate operator who pays the price.

The European Commission recently launched a public consultation on potential measures to improve the implementation of certain aspects of the Directive on end-of-life vehicles, with emphasis on ELVs of unknown whereabouts. This is a huge problem – with more than 500,000 vehicles missing every year in the UK alone (over 5 million in the last 10 years) and up to 8 million in the EU.


The majority of these vehicles will have been dismantled by illegal operators. It is estimated that there are currently up to 1,500 illegal dismantlers in the UK; that’s not far off the number of licenced dismantlers, and the problem has reached such a scale that the EU is taking action.

This link will take you to an on-line survey being conducted by consultants on behalf of the European Commission. This problem is seriously damaging your business so please take the time to participate. This public stakeholder consultation runs until 14 September 2016.

The objective of this consultation is to receive the views of stakeholders or individuals concerned with the topic of the consultation and to potentially publish them on the internet. The survey contains 6 topics:
  • Keeping track of vehicles within the EU (intra-EU trade)
  • Methods to achieve more complete reporting on extra-EU export and ways to distinguish between exporting ELVs vs. used vehicle
  • Enforcement techniques to reduce illegal dismantling of ELVs at dealers and repair shops (garages) and actions to improve ATF compliance
  • Public awareness and incentives for ELV tracking and environmental risks
  • Aspects to improve coverage and data quality when reporting on ELVs (possible revision of the Commission Decision 2005/293/EC)
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and ELVs
It is vital that you take the time to participate – after all, it is YOUR business. The more people that respond, the clearer the message to Government is likely to be. The survey itself is easy & doesn’t take long to complete.

This public stakeholder consultation is a part of the study “Assessment of the implementation of Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of life vehicles (the ELV Directive) with emphasis on the end-of life vehicles of unknown whereabouts”. Please let us know using this email when you have completed it.

August 2016

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