What are the End of Life Vehicle regulations?

The End of Life Vehicle regulations apply to scrap cars and vans that have a gross vehicle weight of up to 3,500kg. (End of life vehicle, or ELV, is another name for what's normally known as a scrap car, junk car, breaker or salvage vehicle).

The regulations were designed to reduce the impact that scrap cars have on the environment. 

They were introduced in Ireland in 2006 and require scrap cars to be depolluted before destruction. This involves the removal of fluids, tyres, batteries and hazardous materials, before any of the remaining parts or materials can be reused or recycled. Depollution can only be carried out at Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) holding the appropriate environmental permit. 

An obligation is placed on last owners to dispose of their car using an ATF, which must issue a Certificate of Destruction.

As of 2015, 95% of the weight of each car must also be recycled.   

View information on the End Of Life Vehicle Regulations and read a copy of them on the Irish Government's Citizen's Information website  


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