End of Life Vehicle Regulations

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Waste Management (End-Of-Life Vehicles) Regulations 2006

Please note, this information is a guide only and does not purport to provide, and should not be relied upon as a legal interpretation of the Regulations.

The information contained in this guide is intended to facilitate your understanding of the contents of the Waste Management (End-of-Life Vehicles) Regulations 2006.  However, the Regulations should be read in their entirety.

Background to End-of-Life Vehicle Legislation

The Waste Management (End-of-Life Vehicles) Regulations, 2006 came into effect for all end-of-life vehicles from 1st January 2007 and transposed EU Directive 2000/53/EC into Irish Law.  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).  An exception to the free take-back principle is provided where a vehicle is missing its essential components or where waste has been added to the vehicle.

Obligations of the Regulations

Producers Responsibility:

The Waste Management (End-of-Life Vehicles) Regulations 2006 works on the “Polluter Pays” principle.

Producers (vehicle manufacturers and/or importers) are obliged to establish national collection systems for the recovery and treatment of end-of-life vehicles. They must also register with each local authority and submit an Implementation Plan, Annual Report and Registration Fee in order to obtain a Certificate of Registration.

Each Producer’s national collection system shall have at least one authorized treatment facility in every local authority area, that shall provide free-take-back for vehicles of that producer’s brand or for which that producer has responsibility. 
Additional authorized treatment facilities  (ATF’s) are required in counties and cities with a larger population base  (i.e. one facility per 150,000 citizens). If you are a producer as defined under the above Regulations, you must register with Dublin City Council.

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 four 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: 01-8673232/085 1181519
  • Rogers Recycling Ltd., Unit 1, Ossory Industrial Estate, Ossory Road, Dublin 3. Ph: 01-8558455
  • 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 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.

Penalties for offences set out under the Waste Management Acts apply. On summary conviction a fine of up to €3,000 and/or 12 months can be imposed. For conviction on indictment a fine of up to €15,000 and/or 10 years imprisonment is available to the court.

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?

You can also visit the Department of Environment Community and Local Government’s website www.environ.ie  which has a dedicated page on the Waste Management (End-of-Life Vehicles) Regulations 2006.

For more information

For more information on registering with Dublin City Council  contact:
Waste Regulations
Dublin City Council,
Waste Regulation Office,
Dublin City Council,
Eblana House,
Marrowbone Lane,
Dublin 8.

Tel: (01)  222 4402

Fax:     (01) 4113440

Email:  waste.regulation@dublincity.ie