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Own marque defended

The Government has defended its decision to implement the own-marque approach to the End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive.

In response to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee report on the Governments role in implementing the directive, the Government said the own-marque approach was seen by the industry as a good expression of the policy of producer responsibility and of the polluter-pays principle.

It added that its efforts to reach consensus among stakeholders was unsuccessful. The vehicle manufacturers preferred option was rejected by shredders, whose own approach was rejected by vehicle manufacturers.

Faced with this impasse, the Government elected to develop the own-marque approach.

The response also said that disposal costs were not the main reason behind abandoned cars.

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