Other Member States
61. Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands already have
schemes in place to deal with ELVs:
last owners meet the full costs of treatment and recycling but
reclaim this through a central fund generated through a tax on
In Sweden producers are required to
meet the full costs for all vehicles sold from 1998 onwards and
50% of costs for all older vehicles from 2002. The remainder will
be paid by last owners who can recover the costs from a fund generated
through a tax on new car sales;
In the Netherlands, last owners can
take their cars back free of charge. The treatment facilities
claim the costs from a central fund, generated through a tax on
new car sales.
62. We understand that other Member States are still
finalising their proposals. Germany proposes to make last owners
pay for all vehicles scrapped between 2002 and 2006 but require
producers to pay all costs from 2007. The French proposal was
the basis for the SMMT's 'Option 4'. Italy is considering the
creation of a national consortium that all producers and treatment
facilities would join. The cost of treatment would be set by the
Government and funded through a premium or tax on new car sales
with producer responsibility introduced gradually from 2007. Spain
is considering a scheme under which last owners would pay until
2007 but would receive a refund against their road tax payments.
Producer responsibility would be introduced from 2007.
The DTI should continue to monitor the implementation of the
Directive in other Member States, and ensure, so far as possible
given the different situations in other Member States, that the
UK car and scrap industries are not disadvantaged by the way the
Directive is transposed here.