It is often thought that a vehicle can be disposed of without involving an authorised car breaker. However there are a number of pitfalls such as hazardous waste that would break certain rules and regulations if not disposed of by a government licensed vehicle breakers yard. Dealing with a licensed scrap yard will give peace of mind and certainly avoid any unexpected prosecution.
A car has thousands of parts and some of these cannot be disposed in the normal way. So these materials will need to be recycled by an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) that has a permit from the Environment Agency commonly referred to as an ATF permit. This will undoubtedly give peace of mind to people who scrap their car with a genuine car breaker. In this context they can be assured that any dangerous substances are removed and disposed of in line with the prevailing rules and regulations.
If a scrap yard has an ATF permit you know that your car will be disposed of legally and professionally by adhering to the End of Life Vehicle (ELV) guidelines and Environmental Permitting regulations. This process is essential because a Certificate of Destruction can only be issued by an ATF. This is a certificate which is proves that you are no longer responsible for the scrap vehicle and that it has been destroyed in an environmentally responsible way.
Licensed car breakers yards that hold the sought after ATF permit, must devote substantial resources to make sure that all the hazardous substances that ensue from scrapping cars are dealt with in an environmentally fashion. They must therefore invest substantially in scrap yard premises dedicated to the process of scrapping vehicles. Additionally the ATF permit holder must ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place that prevents waste materials such as car fluids polluting rivers and streams.
If a car breaker tries to operate outside the rules and regulations there are serious penalties for those who try to cut corners and flout the law. It is therefore imperative that great care is taken when deciding which firm will scrap your car at the end of its life.
An ATF permit holder is obliged to ensure that the maximum amount of metal components such as the car frame, chassis and engine are recycled after taking away and disposing of toxic waste such as batteries and engine oil. People who do not scrap their vehicle through an ATF permit holder could find themselves breaking the law and helping to pollute the environment.
It is therefore vital that your unwanted vehicle is dealt with by an ATF with a current permit issued by the government agency. You will then have complete peace of mind that your old car will be recycled in such a way that there will be no environment health risks to people and wild life. Also you will avoid the legal implications of dealing with firm that is not an official ATF permit holder.
Most licensed scrap car dealers will collect your car and pay you the full scrap cash value. More importantly an official ATF permit holder will provide you with an essential document that proves you have scrapped your car in a responsible manner. You will not need to worry about a rogue dealer who may put your old banger back on the road whereby traffic offences come through your door. This is because the DVLA are notified that your car has been scrapped by an authorised firm licensed by the government.