NEW arrangements to en-sure old cars are removed from streets and recycled to meet the highest-ever standards are set for a poor start after the Government failed to publicise them, an Ellesmere Port Euro-MP has warned.
Up to two million bangers reach the end of the road each year in the UK.
From January 1, they should be returned to their manufacturers or to an authorised scrapyard that will ensure proper environmental treatment.
The EU's End-of-Life Vehicles Directive requires manufacturers to offer a free takeback service for every car ever made, and to ensure that 85% of their contents are recycled.
Old cars can also be taken to one of 1,200 Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) licensed by the Environment Agency that are already supposed to ensure that pollutants such as oil and brake fluids are removed before scrapping.
Last owners should be issued with a Certificate of Destruction to prove that the vehicle has been dealt with according to the law and that road tax is no longer due.
But although the new manufacturers scheme should make it easier for drivers to claim their certificate, Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies says drivers of old bangers will not realise what they have to do.
And he accuses the Government of failing even to issue a press release let alone provide other information to advise the public of the new arrangements.
A survey of car manufacturers carried out by Mr Davies showed that all who responded have put in place takeback schemes in accordance with the law. But most carmakers are concerned that car owners are not aware of the new service.
He said: 'Behind the scenes manufacturers have been working hard to ensure they meet their obligation to take back old cars from January. But they are concerned that the Government has not done nearly enough to publicise the arrangements.'
Mr Davies has written to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) and VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency).