When the registered owner of a specified vehicle intends to discard that vehicle as waste, he or she is required, under the European Union (End-of-Life Vehicles) Regulations 2014 as amended, to deposit that vehicle at an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) for appropriate treatment and recovery.
Owners of intact end-of-life vehicles can deposit them free-of-charge at authorised treatment facilities. An exception to the free take-back principle is provided where a vehicle is missing its essential components or where waste has been added to the vehicle.
Depositing a vehicle at an ATF ensures that the vehicle will be dismantled in an environmentally friendly manner, with all hazardous material removed, before the vehicle is crushed or shredded.
It also ensures that the vehicle is recorded as an end-of-life vehicle on the National Vehicle & Driver File (NVDF), which is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. This ensures that no further transactions, such as a change of ownership, can be processed against the vehicle and that the vehicle owner will no longer be liable for motor tax in respect of the vehicle.
The permitting regime for ATFs is overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and/or the local authorities. Local authorities can provide an up to date listing of all ATFs operating in their functional areas. When a vehicle owner deposits a vehicle at an ATF, the ATF will issue a Certificate of Destruction against that vehicle. This is an important document and should be retained by the owner.