A new website has been set up in order to help people avoid fines for disposing of their cars in an inappropriate manner, according to an industry source.
The Recycleyourcar portal and posters have been made in response to the DVLA's announcement that around half of the cars taken off the road each year are unaccounted for. The website helps drivers find the nearest Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) and understand why a vehicle needs to be recycled.
A government directive implemented in 2005 asserts that as much as possible of a car should be recycled. The legislation states that by 2015 95% of End of Life Vehicles (ELV) should be recovered.
A spokesperson at Recycleyourcar stated that drivers often want to get rid of vehicles which are no longer able to pass an MoT test as quickly as possible. Indeed, motorists should not consider driving an unsafe car on the road for risk of invalidating their car insurance policies.
"This leaves the driver little time to research the best option and, without accurate advice, that vehicle can easily fall into the hands of an illegal operator rather than an authorised treatment facility," he said.
To recycle an ELV first all fluids are removed from the vehicle, and then it is taken to a shredder facility so it can be fragmentised into small pieces for easy sorting. The pieces are then sent to various processing plants according to their nature.