Government backs Europe green car scheme

The prime Minister and motor industry representatives this week agreed to implement European car recycling legislation in an ‘industry-friendly’ way.

The commitment was made at a Downing Street meeting to discuss car industry issues, which was also attended by industry secretary Stephen Byers and transport minister Lord Macdonald.

Both sides also agreed to set up a joint industry-government team to promote competitiveness and improve communication.

The government said it would seek to implement the European End of Life Vehicles Directive ‘in the lightest and most industry-friendly way possible’.

The competitiveness initiative will see the formation of an Automotive Innovation and Growth Team, involving senior officials from government and industry. A ‘high-profile candidate’ will be sought to head the team.

A supply chain database, part-funded by the government, will track and forecast the impact of changes on all parts of the industry.

New funding of £7.4m over the next three years, plus up to £7.5m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will be put into the Foresight Vehicle Mobility research programme to develop low-emission, fuel-efficient cars and encourage technologies such as fuel cells.

Government and industry will also work together to explore possible action across Europe to reduce the number of pedestrian injuries.

The government stressed its commitment to the UK motor industry and for continuing dialogue.