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Martinique – The fight against the abandonment of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs)

Illicit activities of dismantling and abandoning end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) have a significant environmental, health and economic impact on Martinique, an island in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies (an overseas region of France). As part of the manufacturers’ action plan, between 2018 and 2023, following formal notices sent to ELV owners by municipal police, more than 13,000 abandoned ELVs were taken care of by the TDA VHU association, financed by car manufacturers.


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These encouraging figures should not mask a reality: the “historic stock” of ELVs, estimated by the LETCHIMY report in 2015 at 20,000 ELVs, is not decreasing. Thus, the fight carried out to date has made it possible to manage the flow of new abandoned ELVs, mainly in public spaces or in private spaces open to public circulation (case of social landlords, for example).

In order to tackle the “historical stock”, it appeared necessary to adapt the procedures to also intervene in the private space. Legislative and regulatory texts allow this. This is one of the main new topics developed in the guide.

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Furthermore, the specifications for the automotive extended producer responsibility (EPR) sector, set out in decree no. 2022-1495 of November 24, 2022, and the ministerial decree of November 20, 2023, bring new obligations for manufacturers of automobiles from this year. These aim in particular to improve the quality and processing performance of deconstruction centers (car scrapyards), and to absorb the significant number of vehicles abandoned in Overseas Territories.

Please note: the cost of supporting a complete ELV is now entirely the responsibility of car manufacturers (transport included).

A return bonus is even planned from 2024 overseas. Manufacturers and consumers are therefore warned!

On March 1, 2024, the guide was distributed in the prefecture accompanied by an action aimed at communities, municipal police, and social landlords. The action was intended to inform them of regulatory developments and help them act on a daily basis. A similar action will be carried out with the police.

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Source www-martinique-developpement–durable-gouv-fr