Germany ahead on EU scrap car rules
Germany could become the first EU state to formally transpose the end-of-life vehicles (ELV) directive, after the Bundesrat (upper house) ratified a draft law on Friday. The measure should enter into force by July, noted the environment ministry in a statement. The official deadline for transposition, missed by all 15 EU member states, was 21 April (EED 08/05/02). Under the directive, car makers are required to provide for free takeback of new vehicles from 1 July this year, and of all vehicles from 1 January 2007. See environment ministry press release.