EU car substance restrictions confirmed

The European Commission has confirmed changes to the annex in the EU's end-of-life vehicles directive restricting use of certain hazardous substances in car manufacture from next summer. The changes were agreed by a committee of EU member state representatives last month (EED 04/06/02). Among the consequences are that nickel-cadmium batteries will be banned in new vehicles from 2006, subject to a review of the electric car market in 2004. Lead wheel-balancing weights will also be banned on models put on the market from July 2003. See Commission decision C(2002)2238.

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