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UK in trouble for ELV Directive delay

The UK has been censured for failing to introduce the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive on time. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) found that by missing the April 2002 deadline imposed by this auto-recycling directive for its rules to be written in full into the national laws of all EU member states, the UK had broken its EU treaty commitments.

It ordered the Government to comply and pay the cases costs. The Government has blamed part of the delay on the need to consult the car manufacturing industry.

Regulations implementing Articles 5 and 7 of the directive are still awaited, although a Department of Trade and Industry spokesman said they should be presented to Parliament soon. They include details on recycling targets and vehicle collection funding.

Meanwhile, the European Commission has started threatening legal action against other EU member countries for failing to comply with the legislation. Germany, Italy and Austria have been issued final written warnings.

l The comments made by DTI waste management and vehicle unit head Steve Norgrove about the initial ELV consultation published in MRW, July 16, were taken from a speech given at an April conference.

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