Fewer vehicles dismantled via ARN
In 2011, the number of private cars and light business vehicles sold increased by 15%. Of the 249,607 vehicles deregistered in the Netherlands for dismantling, 206,150 were processed via ARN companies. As a result, ARN's market share decreased from 87% in 2010 to 83% in 2011. One of the causes is the growth in dismantling under own management. Another is the 35% increase in the number of cars exported.
ARN uses information about the cars that are on the road in the Netherlands to deduce how many end-of-life vehicles will have to be recycled in the coming years. The data show that 613,457 new private cars and light business vehicles were sold in 2011, and that at the end of the year there were 8.9 million registered cars on the road. That is 100,000 more than in 2010. The average age of the vehicles was 8.9 years (8.8 years in 2010). The number of old-timers (older than 25 years) rose by 13% to more than 251,000.
Increase in scrapping under own management
In total, 249,607 end-of-life vehicles, with an average age of almost 16.7 years, were deregistered for dismantling in 2011. In 2010, there were approximately 249,000 end-of-life vehicles, not a significant difference. However, it is conspicuous that ARN’s market share dropped by more than 4% to 82.6%. One of the reasons is an increase in scrapping under own management, from over 7,500 vehicles in 2010 to more than 10,000 in 2011. Commercial use is apparently also being made of this regulation, which is intended exclusively for private persons. It means that dismantling is taking place without the necessary permits, and thus illegally.
Dramatic increase in exports
A particularly striking matter is the dramatic rise in exports: over 337,000 cars were exported, representing a 35% increase over 2011. The average age of the exported cars was 11.1 years, 6 months older than in 2010. Analysis of the figures points to two causes. One is that due to a favourable BPM (tax on passenger cars and motorcycles) refund scheme, many young cars are being exported. Second, a large number of older vehicles are registered for export without actually leaving the country. ‘That’s a worrying development,’ according to Aarnout van Duuren, operational manager at ARN Auto Recycling. ‘These so-called leakages are responsible for significant financial damage and an undesirable burden on the environment, because the vehicles are being dismantled without any monitoring whatsoever by the proper authorities. ARN is doing everything it can to oppose this practice.’.
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