David Stewart MSP

Success for Scrap Car Removal Bid on Eigg

28 January 2010

 

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands Regional Labour MSP, has clarified the regulations surrounding the removal of scrap cars from areas such as the Isle of Eigg.

Mr Stewart commented, “During a visit to Eigg last summer residents advised me of the difficulty they were experiencing in having some makes of scrap cars removed from the island.

 “I have discovered that legislation places responsibility on car manufacturers to take back vehicles they have produced once they have reached the end of their life-span.

 “An additional requirement is that if the owner of the vehicle lives more than 30 miles from an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) the manufacturer must offer free collection.

 Mr Stewart continued, “I looked into this problem on behalf of the local residents and discovered that two companies are sub-contacted to carry out this work on behalf of car manufacturers with the obligation being split on motor vehicle brand lines.

 “We were aware that a company called Cartakeback collected from Eigg but have since discovered that another company, namely Autogreen, are responsible for removing the remaining vehicle types.

 “I wrote to Autogreen and was delighted by their positive response.

 “They advised that they have a contract with an ATF on the mainland that visits Eigg at least once a month to collect vehicles.”

 “I understand that approximately 15 vehicles a year require to be removed from Eigg, having reached their end of their useful life.

 “On a small island this can have a considerable effect on the landscape and given the drive by islanders to implement green policies, they were rightly concerned that these vehicles should be disposed of in the appropriate manner.

 “Indeed, Eigg recently shared first prize in the Big Green Challenge, a national environmental award.”

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January 29, 2010 at 9:18 am

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