ELV directive

A European Directive to address the treatment and disposal of vehicles when they reach the end of their life, was published to the EC Member States in September 2000. This Directive gave instructions to each Member State to implement National Regulations regarding ELVs.

To this end, the Government introduced the "End of Life Vehicle Regulations 2003", which came into force on the 3rd November 2003. These Regulations implement the ELV Directive 2000/53/EC and lay down, amongst other things, the rules for the treatment, de-pollution and handling of ELVs, including the responsibility for free take back by the vehicle manufacturer of ELVs in certain conditions.

Free take back: this is to take back into a treatment facility a qualifying ELV with no charge to the last owner or keeper; since January 2007 this includes all qualifying vehicles regardless of when they were first registered.

Qualifying Vehicles: Free take back, de-pollution and treatment of Citroën vehicles, is only guaranteed if the ELV is delivered into a treatment facility that is nominated by Citroën UK Ltd and that the vehicle is complete, with all essential components, in particular the engine, transmission, coachwork, catalytic converter and wheels and has no other waste added to it.

To fulfil its obligations under the terms of these regulations, Citroën UK Ltd, has contracted with CarTakeBack.com (CTB), to guarantee that qualifying vehicles will be taken back from the last owner or keeper at no cost. The Citroën network of Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) meets the requirements for accessibility and capacity as laid down by the "End of Life (Producer Responsibility) Regulations 2005" and has been operational since 1st January 2006. Where no ATF exists within the accessibility limits as laid down by Regulations, a collection service will be provided.

To locate your nearest Citroën CTB Authorised Treatment Facility, click here or call 0845 257 32 33.

For more information about CarTakeBack.com and details about all of the CTB ATFs, call 0845 257 32 33 or visit their website www.cartakeback.com.

Further information about the ELV Directive is available at http://www.dvla.gov.uk/ or http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/.