SMMT to re­cy­cle ‘or­phans’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

The So­ci­ety of Mo­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Traders has in­tro­duced a ser­vice to help own­ers of ‘or­phan’ man­u­fac­tur­ers re­cy­cle parts from their car.

Ac­cord­ing to the SMMT there are about 700,000 or­phan ve­hi­cles – brands that no longer have a UK dealer net­work – still on Bri­tish roads. It says that parts re­cy­cled from this scheme will be avail­able to pur­chase and could help al­le­vi­ate the ac­knowl­edged short­age of spares for clas­sic cars in the UK.

Un­der the End of Life Ve­hi­cles Di­rec­tive when cars reach the end of their lives, they must be dis­posed of in an en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble way. How­ever, while cur­rent man­u­fac­tur­ers like Ford still pro­vide this ser­vice free of charge, some mo­torists can face dif­fi­fi­fi­cul­ties if the brand is no longer trad­ing and has no par­ent com­pany. When this hap­pens, the car be­comes what is known as an ‘or­phan ve­hi­cle’.

The So­ci­ety has now taken on re­spon­si­bil­ity for th­ese ve­hi­cles by part­ner­ing with re­cy­cling com­pany, Au­to­green - the same com­pany that is cater­ing for Vaux­hall’s scrap­page scheme ( CCW 4 Nov 2015),

SMMT has said it has no con­fi­firmed list of ev­ery man­u­fac­turer re­garded as or­phan, but says: ‘An or­phan ve­hi­cle is from any brand no longer trad­ing and has no par­ent com­pany. This would there­fore dis­count Saab as GM is still trad­ing in the UK, but would in­clude Rover and MG pre-2005, for ex­am­ple.’

Au­to­green has com­mit­ted to col­lect ve­hi­cles na­tion­ally free of charge for any­one who owns an ‘or­phan ve­hi­cle’ and will at­tempt to re­cy­cle as many parts as pos­si­ble.

No-one from Au­to­green was avail­able for com­ment, but Ben Foulds, se­nior press of­fi­fi­fi­cer for the SMMT says: ‘Au­to­green will be re­cy­cling parts from this scheme and mak­ing them avail­able for pur­chase.’

Ge­off Lan­caster, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor of the FBHVC adds: ‘While we al­ways re­gret the de­struc­tion of sig­nifi­f­i­cant or rare ve­hi­cles we ac­cept that there is a le­gal obli­ga­tion on the in­dus­try to fa­cil­i­tate an en­vi­ron­men­tally ap­pro­pri­ate chan­nel for re­cy­cling un­wanted ve­hi­cles.

‘We there­fore ap­plaud the SMMT for tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for ‘or­phan’ ve­hi­cles but would en­cour­age any­one in­volved in re­cy­cling to con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity of re­cy­cling com­po­nents into the spare parts mar­ket where this can be done safely. Avail­abil­ity of spares is a huge is­sue for our move­ment and po­ten­tially this is a valu­able chan­nel.’

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