Directive 2005/64 - Type-approval of motor vehicles with regard to their reusability, recyclability and recoverability

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Current status

This directive was in effect from December 15, 2005 until April 28, 2009 and should have been implemented in national regulation on December 15, 2006 at the latest.


Key information

official title

Directive 2005/64/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2005 on the type-approval of motor vehicles with regard to their reusability, recyclability and recoverability and amending Council Directive 70/156/EEC
Legal instrument Directive
Number legal act Directive 2005/64
Original proposal COM(2004)162 EN
CELEX number i 32005L0064


Key dates

Document 26-10-2005
Publication in Official Journal 25-11-2005; Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 13 Volume 036,Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 13 Volume 051,Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 13 Volume 051,OJ L 310, 25.11.2005
Effect 15-12-2005; Entry into force Date pub. + 20 See Art 12
15-12-2006; Partial application See Art 10
End of validity 28-04-2009; Partial end of validity Art. 8 Implicitly repealed by 32007L0046
Transposition 15-12-2006; At the latest See Art 11


Legislative text



Official Journal of the European Union

L 310/10



of 26 October 2005

on the type-approval of motor vehicles with regard to their reusability, recyclability and recoverability and amending Council Directive 70/156/EEC


Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 95 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (1),

Acting in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the Treaty (2),




In accordance with Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 September 2000 on end-of-life vehicles (3), appropriate provisions should be laid down to ensure that type-approved vehicles belonging to category M1, and those belonging to category N1, may be put on the market only if they are reusable and/or recyclable to a minimum of 85 % by mass and are reusable and/or recoverable to a minimum of 95 % by mass.



Reusability of component parts, recyclability and recoverability of materials constitute a substantial part of the Community strategy for waste management. Therefore vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers should be requested to include those aspects at the earliest stages of the development of new vehicles, in order to facilitate the treatment of vehicles at the time when they reach the end of their life.



This Directive constitutes one of the separate directives within the framework of the Community whole vehicle type-approval system established by Council Directive 70/156/EEC of 6 February 1970 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the type-approval of motor vehicles and their trailers (4).



That whole vehicle type-approval system is currently compulsory for vehicles belonging to category M1 and will be extended, in the near future, to all categories of vehicle. It is therefore necessary to include in the whole vehicle type-approval system those measures concerning the re-usability, recyclability and recoverability of vehicles.



Accordingly, it is necessary to lay down provisions to take into account the fact that N1 vehicles are not yet covered by the whole vehicle type-approval system.



The manufacturer should make available to the approval authority all relevant technical information as regards constituent materials and their respective masses in order to permit verification of the manufacturer's calculations in accordance with the standard ISO 22628: 2002.



The manufacturer's calculations can be properly validated at the time of the vehicle type-approval only if the manufacturer has put in place satisfactory arrangements and procedures to manage all information he receives from his suppliers. Before any type-approval can be granted, the competent body should carry out a preliminary assessment of those arrangements and procedures and should issue a certificate indicating that they are satisfactory.



The relevance of the different inputs in the calculations of the recyclability and recoverability rates has to be assessed in accordance with the processes for treatment of end-of-life vehicles. The manufacturer should therefore recommend a strategy for the treatment of end-of-life vehicles and should provide details thereof to the competent body. This strategy should be based on proven technologies, which are available or in development at the time of applying for the vehicle approval.



Special-purpose vehicles are designed to perform a specific function and require special bodywork...


This text has been adopted from EUR-Lex.


Original proposal



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