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No. 33/2008 The commission decision of Directive 2008/689/EC amending annex II of Directive 2000/53/EC (End-of-Life Vehicles, ELV) is printed on the Official Journal of the European Union published on 23 August 2008. This decision enters into force on 26 August 2008. The amendments are as the following:
Certain exemptions from the prohibition contained in Article 4(2)(a) of Directive 2000/53/EC should not be prolonged because the use of lead, mercury, cadmium or hexavalent chromium in those applications has become avoidable by technical progress.
Certain materials and components containing lead, mercury, cadmium or hexavalent chromium should continue to be exempt from the prohibition of Article 4(2)(a), since the use of these substances in those specific materials and components is still unavoidable. In some cases it is appropriate to review the expiry date of these exemptions in order to provide sufficient time to eliminate the prohibited substances in the future.
Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC as amended by Commission Decision 2005/438/EC of 10 June 2005 amending Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on end-of-life vehicles (2) provides, in the third indent of the Notes, that spare parts put on the market after 1 July 2003 which are used for vehicles put on the market before 1 July 2003 are exempted from the provisions of Article 4(2)(a) of Directive 2000/53/EC. This exemption allows for the repair of vehicles put on the market before the entry into force of the heavy metal ban contained in Article 4(2)(a) of Directive 2000/53/EC with spare parts meeting the same quality and safety requirements as the parts with which they were originally equipped.
In certain cases it is technically impossible to repair vehicles with spare parts other than original ones as this would require changes in dimensional and functional properties of entire vehicle systems. Such spare parts cannot fit into the vehicle systems originally manufactured with parts containing heavy metals and these vehicles cannot be repaired and may need to be prematurely disposed of. As a result, Annex II needs to be amended accordingly. This decision should affect only a limited number of vehicles and vehicle materials and components and for a limited period of time.
As consumer safety is essential and product reuse, refurbishment and extension of life-time are beneficial for the environment, spare parts should be available for the repair of vehicles which were put on the market between 1 July 2003 and the expiry date of a given exemption. The use of lead, mercury, cadmium or hexavalent chromium in materials and components used in spare parts for the repair of such vehicles should thus be tolerated. Information Source
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