EU exempts car spare parts from metals ban

Spare parts for use in cars registered before July 2003 have been exempted from EU restrictions on heavy metals in cars. In a decision published last week the European Commission has amended the 2000 end-of-life vehicles directive's rules on the presence of lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium in vehicles. It argues that the exemption is justified because "product reuse, refurbishment and extension of life-time are beneficial". The July 2003 cut-off date corresponds to the date the ELV directive's heavy metal restrictions entered force See Commission Decision 2005/63/EC.

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