Link to atfPro

All the latest news for auto recyclers

Welcome to ATF professional - the site specifically aimed at Authorised Treatment Facilities and those involved with motor vehicle dismantling, vehicle salvage and other operations associated with motor vehicle depollution and recycling. Sign up for our, free monthly newsletter.
Visit from the Environment Agency? Need to apply for an Environmental Permit? Call Paul Downing Associates now for an informal chat - 07790 147084 or click here.

Paper presented at Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress

electric car
Safety is paramount when dealing with electric and hybrid vehicles and information must be made available to all those involved.

Andy Latham, chair of the ARA Technical Advisory Committee, recently presented at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress on ‘The Safe Handling of High Voltage Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Components within the Global Vehicle Recycling Industry.” The presentation was based on a paper written by the Technical Advisory Committee.

Sales of electric and hybrid vehicles continue to grow across the world and as these vehicles reach the end of their lives they will be processed by the global automotive recycling industry and the complex high voltage components will be reused, recycled or re-purposed.

The Committee’s paper that Andy presented to the SAE explored the best working practices for businesses that are handling these vehicles – working practices that keep employees safe, minimize environmental risk, minimize fire risk and helps all professional automotive recyclers receive the best possible value for the components from these vehicles.

His presentation highlighted some of the many issues faced daily by professional automotive recyclers as they try to understand the complex nature of electric and hybrid vehicles, and how to minimize risks associated with the high voltage batteries and complex components.

The paper and presentation raised the profile of the ARA within the Society of Automotive Engineers and showed how professional automotive recyclers are striving to improve their knowledge and understanding of the vehicles they work on and keep their employees and businesses safe.

He finished by saying that “across the world, vehicle recyclers are struggling to gain access to safety advice on the handling and dismantling of electric and hybrid vehicles, and this is putting individuals and businesses at risk, risk of serious injury or fatality, risk of fire and pollution. Vehicle manufacturers and importers must make safety information freely, and easily available to all parties that have reason to require this information; this includes vehicle technicians, recovery agents, first responders, recyclers, vehicle storage operations and insurance damage assessors, and vehicle recyclers must commit to training their technicians to appropriate standards. With the support of all local, national and regional vehicle salvage associations, the vehicle repair and the vehicle manufacturing industry, all potential risks can be minimized.”

You can purchase a copy of the paper from the SAE website here.

May 2017

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
Automakers may have to decrease the use of palladium and seek an alternative due to higher prices of the metal
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.