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About us - Environment

About us - Environment

Proton recognises its responsibility for protecting the environment and minimising the effect of its vehicles on society in terms of resources and pollution. These aspects are a major consideration in all aspects of new vehicle design.

Lotus Engineering recently showcased their "EVE Hybrid" (Efficient, Viable, Environmental) technology demonstrator inside a Proton GEN-2 at the Geneva Motorshow. It showcases how OEMs can introduce lower emissions variants to existing model ranges that currently only offer conventional gasoline and diesel powertrains.

End of Life

In order to comply with the End-of-Life (ELV) regulations introduced to the UK in November 2003, Proton Cars have appointed Ltd to provide last owners of qualifying end of life Proton vehicles with access to a national network of 250 Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF's) and take-back points in accordance with Directive 2000/53/EC.

They can provide advice on whether or not your vehicle qualifies for free take-back and the location of your nearest take-back facility. For more information please click here <link to>. Caretakeback ATFs will provide last owners with an official DVLA Certificate of Destruction and ensure that the vehicles are de-polluted and disposed of in a legal and environmentally sound manner.

For more information or to find your nearest Authorised Treatment Facility please visit the Cartakeback website at or phone 08000 71 71 91

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is an ELV?
ELV stands for End of Life Vehicle. An ELV is typically a vehicle which has come to the end of its useful life and the last owner chooses to discard it.

What is an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF)?
Authorised Treatment Facilities (or ATFs) are sites which have been licensed by the Environment Agency in England & Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in Scotland or the Environment & Heritage Service in Northern Ireland, to de-pollute end of life vehicles to standards set by DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). Only these sites are permitted to issue last owners with a DVLA Certificate of Destruction.

What is a Certificate of Destruction?
A Certificate of Destruction (CoD) is issued by the DVLA to prove that a vehicle has been scrapped in a lawful and environmentally sound manner. Without a CoD a last owner could be fined under new laws on continuous licensing.

How does the law affect vehicle manufacturers?
Under the ELV regulations, vehicle manufacturers are responsible for providing last owners of end of life vehicles with an accessible free take-back network for qualifying vehicles from 1st January 2007. Ltd is the contracted service provider for Proton vehicles.

What is a qualifying vehicle?
In accordance with the End of Life Vehicle regulations, vehicles which are complete and do not contain any additional waste will qualify for free take-back when delivered to a vehicle manufacturer approved Authorised Treatment Facility.

What is a complete vehicle?
A complete vehicle is one which contains its essential components, in particular, but not limited to, the engine, coachwork, transmission, catalytic converter (if fitted) and wheels.

Where can I look for further information?
For more information please visit the Cartakeback website at, or call 08000 71 71 91.

Proton Cars (UK) Limited | Registered Office: 1-3 Crowley Way, Avonmouth, Bristol, BS11 9YR
Registered in England No: 1857505