Diesel scrappage scheme 'to feature in air quality strategy'

Posted On: 
3rd May 2017

Car owners will be given cash to scrap their diesel vehicles as part of the Government's plans to crack down on air pollution, according to a report.

Diesel had initially been thought of as less damaging to the environment than other fuels
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According to the Daily Telegraph, drivers will qualify for cash if their cars are old enough and registered at an address where pollution is already at “dangerous” levels.

The Government are also considering a “retrofitting scheme”, which would provide grants to drivers of some of the most polluting vehicles, such as vans, to adapt their exhausts to reduce damage to air quality.

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It emerged yesterday that the Government had decided not to appeal against a High Court ruling that it must publish its clean air strategy by 9 May.

A Conservative source told the Telegrpah: "We will help drivers on modest incomes who bought their diesel vehicles in good faith, having been badly advised by the last Labour Government."

Ministers have also advised local councils to consider alternatives to pollution taxes, after plans to charge up to £25 a day for entering “clean air zones” had been mooted.

A Tory source said: "We are clear that measures other than charging zones should be preferred if they are as effective at reducing pollution.

“We are not mandating any council to levy charges on private cars and motorbikes. Councils will need to justify any policy to their electorate."