63. Unfortunately, it is still unclear exactly who
will bear the brunt of the economic impact of the Directive. The
DTI in evidence conceded that there are very substantial cost
implications for motor manufacturers: "There are potentially
big issues here, it is going to affect the economies of all the
car manufacturers, the importers, the shredders, the dismantlers,
everybody; which is why we do have to be very careful to make
sure that we do not have any unintended consequences with this".
64. There will inevitably be costs for those who
decide to become Authorised Treatment Facilities, and changes
for those who do not wish to do so but who currently handle ELVs.
We urge the Government to clear up the uncertainty over the
funding of the implementation of the Directive as soon as possible.
65. Implementation of the Directive will inevitably
lead to some shake-up in the existing markets for spare parts
and scrap metal. The DTI should monitor the situation closely
to ensure that the Directive is implemented in an efficient and
speedy manner to minimise confusion and disruption.
66. Notwithstanding the recent press coverage of
the ELV Directive, many last owners of cars will be unaware of
the impact of the Directive. We recommend that the DTI run
an information campaign early in the New Year to ensure all players,
including last owners, are clear where their responsibilities
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