Last owners to be liable for UK's scrap cars

Government opts for final owner to pay for end-of-life vehicle takeback until 2007

Final owners, and not manufacturers, of cars put on the market before 1 July will have to pay for their disposal until 2007, the UK government confirmed today.

Under the directive, aimed at 95% reuse or recovery of end-of-life (ELV) vehicles by 2015, manufacturers must pay takeback and recovery costs for vehicles on the market from 1 July 2002, and for all vehicles from 2007. However, the directive leaves it up to individual governments to decide who should pay for disposal of cars already on the market, between now and 2007.

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