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This frightening news has undoubtedly reached your social networks. That of a proposed law from the European Commission aimed at banning repairs on cars. Enough to impact, in particular, classic cars and panic drivers.
The origin of this rumor comes from a proposed regulation dated July 13, 2023 from the European Commission. The latter aims to update a directive dating from the 2000s on the end of life of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs).
Far from the idea of banning the repair of vehicles over 15 years old. This is what explains to France Televisions Adalbert Jahnz, spokesperson for the European Commission:
“There is nothing in the proposed legislation that would prohibit the repair of vehicles of a particular age.” “On the contrary, several provisions in this proposal aim to make car repairs easier, for example by simplifying the identification of suitable spare parts.”
The idea of this measure is completely different. This is to avoid a type of fraud. Every year, six million vehicles are considered out of service. However, more than half is not treated according to European waste legislation. Adalbert Jahnz continues:
“Every year, between three and four million cars disappear from the statistics of EU Member States. Many of them are exported illegally and sold as used cars, even though they are no longer usable cars.”
Promoting the circular economy
The objective of this bill is therefore quite different. In order to avoid this traffic, the European Commission has clarified the criteria for a car to be considered out of service. Vehicles cut into pieces, completely burned, submerged in water, etc. may be considered “technically irreparable”.
“The objective of this proposal is to facilitate the transition of the automotive sector towards the circular economy, from one end of the life cycle of vehicles to the other, from design to final treatment at the end of life. “
Let us also remember that this legislation is only in the form of a proposal. It must be validated by the European Council and the European Parliament in the same terms. Which can take months. It remains to be seen how this will develop in the future.
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To sum up
Does the European Union want to prevent the repair of old cars? This news has been circulating for some time on social networks. Enough to scare motorists. But what is it really? We take stock.
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