A new wave of illicit car dumping is on the way, according to the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers' Association. It believes that 'half a million abandoned cars is not unreasonable' as a result of new vehicle disposal legislation introduced last month.
The legislation is designed to reduce the pollution from fluid contaminants in scrapped cars, and requires dismantlers to remove oils, brake fluids and fuel from each carcass.
The additional cost of recovering these materials has to be borne by the recycler, who will want to pass the cost on to the owner of the car being scrapped. After 2007, the eventual scrapping of every new car sold will be the responsibility of its maker.