Car dismantling companies

Laws, rules and regulations on storage, transport and disassembly

Various applications

Current regulations fail to provide sufficient clarity about the storage of propulsion batteries. To provide greater clarity, a handbook was issued as an interim measure. In 2020, as a follow-up to this handbook, a circular was published by the Ministry.

Since 2019, a working group has been compiling PGS37 which is due to be completed by the start of 2021. PGS37 describes the rules for the storage of batteries. Legislation will also refer to PGS37. Publication of PGS37 will provide clarity to the sector on the storage of batteries. The underlying principle for PGS37 is that wherever possible and desirable, it ties in with the requirements contained in the ADR.

For more details consult the Publication Series Hazardous Substances: PGS

Transport

The transport of batteries is subject to strict requirements as laid down in the ADR, the international agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road.

This agreement among others provides a precise description of the requirements imposed on packaging for the transport of critical batteries. ARN works only with collection companies for batteries that comply with these ADR requirements. These companies supply packaging suitable for the safe transport of critical ‘non-transport-secure’ batteries.

A battery is described as non-transport-secure if under normal transport conditions, it could rapidly disintegrate, react dangerously or cause flame or dangerous heat development, or lead to the hazardous emission of toxic, corrosive or flammable gases or vapours.

Disassembly

The disassembly of a vehicle with a high-voltage battery demands specific knowledge. To do this safely and in recognition of the potential risks, in collaboration with Innovam, ARN has developed the training programme Safe dismantling of electric cars. ARN offers this training free of charge to 1 person at each of the car dismantling companies affiliated to ARN.

It is important that the dismantling companies make use of the International Dismantling Information System (IDIS). This system contains information essential for dismantling for each marque and model. This information is vital for the safe dismantling of high-voltage batteries.

To continue to guarantee the safety of dismantling in the future, the Stichting KZD (Foundation for Quality Assurance in Dismantling) will be including a number of questions about the dismantling of drive batteries from end-of-life cars in its basic certificate.