Car recycling

Campaign offers advice to help avoid fines

Published:  18 October, 2007

A POSTER campaign to help garages advise customers about MOT failures has been launched.

The campaign by gives test centres the knowledge they need to advise customers on avoiding fines.

It explains where and how they can dispose of old vehicles legally and what their obligations are regarding vehicle recycling.

The posters, which are available for all MOT test centres, offer advice on drivers responsibilities under EU regulations via the website.

According to EU law, the last owner of a vehicle is responsible for ensuring it is disposed of in the correct manner at and receives a Certificate of Destruction. spokesman Simon Palmer said many people were unaware of the issues surrounding vehicle recycling.

“Often a driver will only look to dispose of a vehicle once it fails its MOT and the cost to make the necessary repairs outweighs the value of the vehicle,” he said. “The problem is that without an MOT the vehicle is no longer road legal, making speedy disposal crucial.

“This leaves the driver little time to research the best option and, without accurate advice, that vehicle can easily fall into the hands of an illegal operator rather than an authorised treatment facility where it can be properly depolluted.

“By making more MOT technicians aware of the resource, we hope that test centres across the country can offer helpful and practical advice to their clients before this problem occurs,” added Simon.

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