Greencars.co.uk is reporting a legal loophole which allows a million cars per year to be illegally scrapped in the UK. This means that most of them are going to be in landfills with oils, tyres and airbags
still on/in the car. Under a system called continuous licensing, owners are supposed to pay road tax until a Certificate of Destruction is obtained from a licensed dismantler. However, a tick-box on the registration form means the last owners, as well as unlicensed dismantlers and shredders, can simply de-register a vehicle. This means that although recyelers might recover some valuable parts from the cars, the "bad" vehicles - potentially the most polluting - often aren't treated.