A spiffy old car takeback program is being launched in Ireland.

The proverbial land o’ luck plans to institute the End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) directive in 2007. Hee hee, elves. Hee hee, leprechauns. Um, anyway … the first draft of regulations were revealed today. Hot off the presses! Lucky you! Hee hee, lucky …

Under the regulations — “a kind of car equivalent to the WEEE directive” — each automobile importer or manufacturer would have to establish an authorised treatment facility (ATF) in every Irish county that consumers could bring their cars to for scrapping. These sites would be required to meet high environmental standards, remove pollutants in the dismantling process, and recover at least 85 percent of car material. If they don’t, they could face big fines and prison time.

“The main effect of these draft regulations will be that when a person has a car or small van that has reached the end of it’s useful life, there will be at least one facility available in their county or city where they can bring the vehicle in the knowledge that it will be depolluted and dismantled to a high standard,” said Environment Minister Dick Roche.

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Sweet.