Online traders who sell parts from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) online without a licence are to be targeted by a joint Environment Agency (EA) and eBay campaign.
The initiative follows concerns about the level of non-compliant waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) sold through online platforms.
Earlier this year, Defra called online trading platforms to a meeting to work out how to secure better compliance with WEEE rules.
Through the EA and eBay partnership, online sellers offering used vehicle parts will be reminded that they need an environmental permit to break vehicles. Merchants are advised to show their permit number or the name of the sites where they source their parts.
The EA is also directly contacting eBay traders who are not displaying their environmental credentials.
Those found to be intentionally operating illegally and who do not heed EA warnings will have their eBay account suspended or removed.
The EA’s Rich Cloke said: “Businesses are not always aware they should have a permit, and many are reacting positively to the messages we are getting to them. We have seen an increase in businesses subsequently applying for the relevant permit.
“This is proving to be a quick and effective way of communicating our message directly with vehicle breakers and parts dealers.
“The partnership will also aim to inform the general public who may unknowingly purchase used parts from illegal businesses.”
An eBay spokesperson said: “Our contribution to supporting the EA compliance efforts on the sale of vehicle parts sourced from illegal ELV breakers has significantly increased the level of compliance from business sellers on eBay’s UK website.”