New EU environmental laws set to enter force

Directives published on car recyclability, toluene and trichlorobenzene, heavy-duty vehicle emissions

Three new European environmental laws will enter force before Christmas after being published in the EU's official journal.

* One directive requires manufacturers seeking type approval for new passenger cars and light vans to demonstrate that components are reusable and materials are recyclable and recoverable to levels required by the EU's 2000 end-of-life vehicles (ELV) directive.

From 15 December 2006, the transposition deadline, member states must not block type approval of a new vehicle that complies with the directive. From 15 December 2008 they must refuse type approval of a new vehicle that does not comply with it. From 15 December 2010 they must refuse registration, sale or entry into service of new vehicles that do not comply.

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