ELV heavy metal restrictions reviewed

Consultancy report suggests first changes to annex controlling permitted uses in car manufacture

The European Commission has published first suggestions on amending restrictions on hazardous substances in car manufacture under the EU end-of-life vehicles (ELV) directive. In a report for the environment directorate, consultancy Ökopol says a ban on lead in wheel balancing weights should be delayed but that there is no need to reverse a planned phase-out of cadmium in electric car batteries.

Under the ELV directive, lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium will be banned in new cars from July 2003. There are exceptions for several key components, mainly concerning lead, in an annex to the law that was bitterly fought over during its passage onto the statute book.

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