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Government denies Rover ELV bill claims

The Government has denied reports that BMW could be landed with a multi-million pound bill for recycling old Rovers.

An article in The Times this week claimed that the German manufacturer, despite selling off MG Rover to the Phoenix consortium five years ago, could take on the bust car firm's responsibilities under the End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) directive because it still owned the Rover marque.

However, a Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) spokesman said: "We don't know what will happen as far as Rover's responsibilities under the ELV directive are concerned.

"The auditors are in at the moment and there's a lot of stuff to be looked at."

Under the ELV directive car manufacturers are responsible for the recycling of old bangers that have come to the end of the road.

The Government has chosen to administer the European directive through an own-marque system where each car manufacturer is responsible for recycling its brand of ELV.

According to The Times , because BMW held onto the MG Rover marque it could be landed with the bill for recycling old Rovers.

Before collapsing, MG Rover in February signed a deal with Cartakeback to provide a collection network for its ELVs.

A Cartakeback spokesman told MRW that despite the car firm's demise, it would still file MG Rover's collection network with the DTI as originally agreed.

She added: "The only solution I have been made aware of so far is for all manufacturers to take on the responsibility of Rover's ELVs, with the cost split according to UK market share."

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