B7.3.4 End-of-Life Vehicles continued…


Vehicle Scrappage Scheme

Under a vehicle scrappage incentive scheme, a private individual or a business could receive a £2,000 discount on a new vehicle by scrapping their old car or van. The voluntary scheme ran until March 2010.

The vehicle had to be under 3.5 tonnes, over 10 years old and the person receiving the discount must have been the registered keeper of the vehicle for at least 12 months.

Although this scheme has now closed, several car manufacturers are continuing schemes in a similar vein. For example:

  • Volvo have a new Swappage promotion. If your car was registered before 31st December 2004, you may be eligible to trade in your current car, receive market value for this & then receive a further discount of up to £5500 off a new Volvo.
  • Toyota offer up to £2000 off a new car when swapping a vehicle that is between 7 and 10 years old within certain deals.


End-of-Life Vehicles (Producer Responsibility) Regulations 2005 [SI 263]

Requires producers to register responsibility for vehicles placed on the market and apply for approval of their vehicle collection system. Introduces reuse, recovery and recycling targets for ELVs treated at authorised treatment facilities.

Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 [SI 675]

Provides a consolidated system for environmental permits and exemptions for industrial activities, mobile plant, waste operations, mining waste operations, water discharge activities, groundwater activities and radioactive substances activities. It also sets out the powers, functions and duties of the regulators.

End-of-Life Vehicles (Amendment) Regulations 2010 [SI 1094] 

Amends 2003/2635 by changing the basis on which exemptions from the restrictions on use of heavy metals in vehicle components are identified. Also provides powers of entry and inspection for the enforcement authorities. This applies in the UK.

End-of-Life Vehicles (Producer Responsibility) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 [SI 1095]

Amends 2005/263 by making changes to requirements for reporting details of reuse, recycling and recovery rates. This applies in the UK