The European Commission presented a plan according to which the EU will stop exporting used, end-of-life cars to third countries.
However, experts say these measures will not dramatically affect the import of used cars into Serbia.
The European Commission also estimates that every year over six million vehicles in Europe reach the end of their life and that inadequate handling of them leads to loss of value and pollution. Therefore, it presented the so-called Plan on improving the design and management of end-of-life vehicles.
As stated, the proposed regulation, which will replace the existing directives on end-of-life vehicles and on reuse, recycling and return, is expected to have significant environmental benefits, boost waste management and recycling industry, and also contribute to better road safety in third countries by preventing the export of defective vehicles and reducing harmful pollution and health risks.
End-of-life vehicles are considered hazardous waste and their export from the EU to countries that are not members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is prohibited, but this is not the case for used vehicles that have not formally reached the waste stage.
They also state that the European Parliament and the European Council are currently dealing with this issue and that at this moment they cannot provide more information about the timing of implementation, that is, when they will start implementing the new plan.
Petar Veličković from the website Polovni automobili told Euronews Serbia that, according to the information he has, these vehicles will, among other things, are those that have been cut into pieces, welded or sealed with insulating foam, completely burned to the point where the passenger or engine compartment is destroyed and submerged in water up to the level above the dashboard
It will also include vehicles where some components cannot be modified or replaced.
“These are tires, wheels, suspension, steering, control components, vehicle body and chassis, seats, airbags, seat belts, structural and safety components that have technical defects that cannot be replaced, such as excessive perforating corrosion. Also, this applies to the situation where the repair requires the replacement of the engine, transmission housing or chassis, which results in the loss of the original identity of the vehicle, which does not apply, for example, to the replacement of the engine or transmission when they are replaced with the same type of engine or transmission due to a malfunction,” he states.
(Biznis i Finansije, 25.07.2023)
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