Select Committee on Trade and Industry Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency


  I am pleased to let you have details of the proposed Certificate of Destruction required under the provisions of Article 5 of the EC Directive on End of Life Vehicles.

  The Directive states that end of life vehicles are to be delivered to permitted treatment facilities by the last registered keeper. The proposal is for the keeper to be issued with a certificate, to be known as the Certificate of Destruction (CoD). In the UK, generation of the certificate will trigger an electronic notification to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). This will update the vehicle record and end the keeper's responsibility for the vehicle. We are working with members of the motor trade and representatives of the salvage industry to develop this system.

There is already a legal requirement for last keepers to notify when a vehicle is broken up. Electronic links should encourage notifications by making the process easier. In addition, notification must occur before a CoD is issued.

  DVLA has in place a pilot which has been running successfully since 25 May. It aims to provide a simple cost-effective electronic system which places as light a burden as possible on the trade and vehicle keepers alike. Initially, it facilitates the processing of the Notification of Destruction, the form currently in use for salvage dealers to notify DVLA of the destruction of a vehicle. In the longer term it will be capable of producing the Certificate of Destruction. The Motor Vehicle Dismantlers Association and British Vehicle Salvage Federation provided nominees to take part in this pilot and fully support the proposed arrangements.

  Further development is being taken forward in close consultation with officials in the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Details will be finalised after completion of the DTI consultation exercise on 2 November. In the meantime, discussions with the motor trade and salvage industry are continuing.

Director External and Corporate Services
Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency

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