Germany forced to amend scrap car rules

Government moves to broaden scope of ELV law and reduce exemptions from take-back obligation

The German government has approved new rules on end-of-life vehicles (ELV) under legal pressure from the European commission (EED 20/01/05). An amended ordinance extends German rules to cover special purpose vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, notably including mobile homes, the environment ministry said on Tuesday. Mobile home fittings and equipment will not be covered by the EU directive's heavy metal bans, it added. Free take-back of old vehicles will be required for vehicles originating anywhere in the EU. Manufacturers will have to give more information on disassembly. See press release.

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