End of Life Vehicle Regulations

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End-of-Life Vehicles

The European Union (End of Life Vehicles) Regulations 2014 (SI No 281 of 2014) as amended came into effect on 30 July 2014. The Waste Management (End of Life Vehicles) Regulations were introduced in Ireland in 2006. The purpose of the Regulations is to ensure that old end-of-life vehicles are de-polluted and dismantled in a manner that will not pose a threat to our environment or to human health. 

What exactly is an End-of-Life Vehicle?

Typically, an end-of-life vehicle is a passenger car or a light commercial van that the registered owner wishes to dispose of as waste.  From 1 January 2007 owners of intact end-of-life cars and vans can deposit them free-of-charge at authorized treatment facilities (AFT’s).

Producers Responsibility:

The Regulations require producers (i.e. importers and manufacturers of vehicles) to nominate free take-back centres to be known as Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) where the public can bring an end-of-life vehicle for final treatment. The public are obliged to use these facilities to dispose of their vehicles. The vehicles are depolluted and dismantled in a manner that avoids environmental pollution and the steel, plastic, glass, tyres etc. are recovered for recycling or re-use.

Public Responsibility:

If you are the registered owner of a specified vehicle and wish to discard of that vehicle as waste, you are required under Article 35 of the Regulations to deposit that vehicle at an ATF for disposal. Vehicles brought to AFT’s for disposal should contain all essential components and not have any additional waste included in them.

Where can an end-of-life vehicle be deposited within Dublin City Council’s Functional Area?

There are three ATF’s within Dublin City Council’s functional area:

  • Hammond Lane Company Ltd., Pigeon House Road, Dublin 4.   Ph:01 6675335/01 6675345
  • Summerhill Spares, Malahide Road Industrial Park, Dublin 7.  Ph: 01 8673232,  087 2998964 / 087 2339558
  • Tom Murphy Recovery and Towing Services Ltd., Block 4, Unit 24 Port Tunnel Business Park, Clonshaugh, Dublin 17. Ph: 01 8672985

There is no fee for the disposal of an end-of-life vehicle provided the vehicle is brought directly to the facility. However, the vehicle can be collected. This can be organised with the facility. There may be a cost involved for collection, depending on the distance from the facility. Please contact the facility directly in regard to information on cost.

Upon surrender of the vehicle, the licensed facility will issue the registered owner with a Certificate of Destruction confirming that the vehicle concerned will be de-polluted and dismantled in an environmentally safe manner. The facility will thereafter notify the Vehicle Registration Unit of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in Shannon, Co. Clare and the destruction of the deposited vehicle is noted in the records of the National Vehicle File.

Failure to comply with Regulations

It should be noted that it is an offence for either the registered owner (or an authorised treatment facility) to fail to comply with the law on the disposal of end-of-life vehicles. In particular, it is an offence not to obey the rules concerning vehicle certificates of destruction or not to deposit at an authorised treatment facility a vehicle that is intended to be discarded as waste.

Dublin City Council as the Enforcement Authority of the afore-mentioned Legislation can and will pursue all offenders who fail to comply in full with the Regulations.

Where can I get further information?

Download The European Union (End of Life Vehicles) Regulations 2014 (S1 No. 281 of 2014):-


How do I register as a producer of End of Life Vehicles?

Contact the compliance scheme ELVS at  http://elves.ie or Dublin City Council by emailing us at the email below:-  Please note if you register with Dublin City Council you will need to register with each local authority in the country.

For more information

For more information on registering with Dublin City Council contact:

Dublin City Council
Environment and Transportation Dept
Waste Regulation Section
Block B, Floor 2
Blackhall Walk
Queen Street
Dublin 7 D07 ENC4


Email:  waste.regulation@dublincity.ie