Car manufacturers to bear handover costs for end-of-life vehicles

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Car manufacturers are required to cover the costs of the handover and/or takeover of vehicles put out of service and build new vehicles by considering possibilities of disassembly, reuse and recovery – particularly by recycling – of materials and components, within the technical possibilities, provides the Decision amending and completing Government Decision No. 2406/2004 on the management of out of service vehicles, approved in Tuesday’s government sitting.

According to the normative act, Romanian authorities recognize and accept certificates of destruction issued in other EU member states, while the companies conducting activities for the treatment of out of service vehicles are required to hold an environmental authorization. At the same time, the units and enterprises performing treatment operations are encouraged to introduce certified environmental management systems.

The amendment and add-on decision proposed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MMP) integrates the provisions of Decision 2008/689/EC amending Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles, with a view to adjusting to technical progress regarding certain materials and components.

According to Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely, the requirements imposed on producers to cover the costs of handover and/or takeover of the vehicles put out of service, but also the idea to conceive and build new vehicles by considering possibilities of disassembly, reuse and recovery ‘will help reduce the negative environmental impact and increase the usage or recovery degree of the waste flow, resulting in an improvement of the quality of the management of end-of-life vehicles.’

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