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Missing ELVs Workshop - what was said

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The number of missing vehicles that simply disappear from the system is huge.

The MVDA ran an article recently supplied by the European body, EGARA (represents European trade associations in the EU) about a workshop discussing ‘Missing ELV’s’ that took place late November, 2016. We may be heading out of the EU but we still intend to have active trade with Europe and we are sure neither the EU or the UK will be wanting to dismantle or harm areas that work at protecting their populations. Below are EGARA’s comments from the event.


The responses that were raised were clustered into the following groups of respondents:
  • Producers/Importers
  • Other industries
  • Governments/Authorities
  • Civilians
A great deal can be said about this clustering, particularly the fact a single civilian has the same weight as a producer or dismantlers’ association. Even so, it gave some insight into the interests of the contributors. One key difference was that producers see no use in funds.

The majority of the proposals in the consultation were agreed by most stakeholders. One of the most important points in EGARA’s opinion was concerning whether COD’s should be issued by only ATF’s and no other collection point or businesses such as shredders.

In the presentations, the British DVLA and Dutch RDW were shown as best practices. DVLA has done some changes to improve registration, but their suspension of registration (SORN) now also has the possibility for indefinite suspension (ISORN). To my belief, this is a step backward. Suspension should be renewed each year, otherwise the car is a missing vehicle (no export or COD). The RDW is the only existing closed continuous system. In their system, the only escape for false deregistration is export.

In the discussion about registration /deregistration and export /dismantling, it became clear that most systems are as open as possible. Export registration means the vehicle is out of sight and it’s uncertain if it will ever show up in another national system. Enforcement was also a topic. Some pleaded for a European database; Eucaris was mentioned and funds were discussed. It was clear that people were looking for a solution.

In the end, as EGARA, I stated that if all member states had continuous systems in which no (temporary) deregistration was possible, the only reasons for deregistration would be the COD for dismantling and export outside the EU. (Suspending registration is not the same as deregistration.) Export to a member state could then ensure that the new registered keeper (the new owner, responsible for the car) can be someone in another registration system.

If all national registration systems were continuous, they could connect to each other and this EU network would make any (EU) database unnecessary. This statement was supported by ACEA. It became clear that DG Move had to get used to this idea, as they tried to explain that registration was about ownership and not following the vehicle. In my opinion, that’s why we miss 4 million (probably more) vehicles.

It appears that the EU and individual member states will continue to think of better systems and take measures to improve their monitoring. It also showed that co-operation between DG’s is necessary and we support this idea. We hope the insight into this issue continues to grow and we shall always be willing to contribute and explain our ideas as often as necessary.

For further details about the workshop agenda and presentations click here.


MVDA is a member of EGARA who really have kept their tabs on what’s happening in the EU and have saved us all a great deal of money and heartache over the years by educating and informing the law makers so that their laws are workable. Life would be a great deal worse without them.

February 2017

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