Answer to Written Question: End-of-life vehicles

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius

on behalf of the European Commission


The End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive[1] requires Member States to set up a system for the deregistration of ELVs upon presentation of a certificate of destruction from an Authorised Treatment Facility. National authorities are responsible for the enforcement of the Directive’s provisions.

While around 6.5 million ELVs are reported to be treated according to the ELV Directive every year, it is estimated that around 35% of de-registered vehicles, i.e. approximately 4 million units per year, are ‘missing’. These vehicles are not accounted for and these de-registered vehicles are not tracked properly.

The evaluation of the ELV Directive published by the Commission in March 2021[2] describes this problem, which can be linked to several reasons. These ‘missing vehicles’ may be either sold and registered as second hand vehicles in other EU Member States and not properly reported to the country of registration (due to shortcomings in the vehicle registration and de-registration procedures) or they can be kept for exclusive use in private properties. Other reasons might be that these vehicles are illegally dismantled and treated in the EU or illegally exported as used vehicles outside the EU although they are ELVs.

The Waste Shipment Regulation[3] covers the transboundary shipment of ELVs. Specific guidelines[4] were developed by the Waste Shipment Correspondents to assist customs officials in implementing the rules on the export of ELVs and to distinguish between ELVs and used cars.

The Commission is currently reviewing the ELV Directive, with the aim to table a proposal for its revision in 2022, which should address the issues linked to the ‘missing vehicles’ as a priority[5].

[1] Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 September 2000 on end-of life vehicles – Commission Statements, OJ L 269, 21.10.2000, p. 34–43.

[2] Evaluation of the ELV Directive:

[3] Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2006 on shipments of waste, OJ L 190, 12.7.2006, p. 1–98.



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