The paperwork necessary to take vehicles out
of circulation must be arranged directly at authorised Vehicle Treatment
order regulating the procedure for definitively taking vehicles out of
circulation (ORDEN INT/249/2004) at the end of their useful life was
published in the BOE (see BOE number 37).
From now on, in order to take a vehicle out of circulation, it will be
necessary to go to any of the vehicle treatment centres (CATs) authorised by
the corresponding Environmental Bodies of the Autonomous Regions. Along with
the vehicle, all the documentation necessary to take the car out of
circulation must be presented. This includes the application request form (which
will be available at the CATS), the driving licence, the technical
inspection card, and a collated photocopy of the latest power drive tax paid
receipt (provided that the car is less than 15 years old).In addition, the
corresponding administrative fees must be paid.
Once the documentation has been handed in, and after having checked
that the vehicle can in fact be taken out of circulation, the Authorised
Centre will immediately deliver a Certificate of Destruction to the owner,
which will account for the definite cancellation in the Register of the
General Direction of Traffic (Dirección General de Tráfico), ensuring that
the vehicle will be managed in an environmentally friendly way.
This measure, so
long awaited by the affected sectors, closes a long process during which
there has been a coexistence between installations that fulfilled the
necessary requirements to ensure the correct treatment of vehicles and the
so-called “car cemeteries”. From now on, only those centres that have
adapted their installations to the new requirements will be allowed to get
and importers of vehicles have arranged a well-planned network of Authorised
Treatment Centres (CATs) that is wide enough to guarantee that the owner can
give the car up for free from the start, so that possible cases of
abandonment are reduced.