Is a diesel scrappage scheme due to be introduced in the
This will be allegedly announced alongside the government’s new air quality strategy, which the Telegraph reports as containing information surrounding a ‘targeted’ diesel scrappage scheme. This has come off the back of the recent research into the emissions of diesel fuel, revealing that while CO2 emissions might be much lower than petrol, the levels of nitrogen oxides and type 1 carcinogens emitted are much higher than previously reported.
It is reported that owners of the oldest and most polluting diesel vehicles will be able to get access to up to £2,000 towards a new, cleaner model if they were to scrap their old car. The UK government had previously introduced a scrappage scheme back in 2009 that involved all old vehicles, where motorists could get up to £1,000 in return for scrapping their old car or van.
The scheme has received support from both sides of the political spectrum with current Transport minister Chris Grayling stating to the house of commons in support that; “We have to find the right way to migrate the nature of the cars on our roads and the vehicles on our roads to a point where they cause much less of a pollution problem than they do at the moment.”.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been one of the key bastions in the push for the scheme, especially keen to have it introduced in the capital where the emissions levels are at their highest. This is following a number of major cities around the world, including Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens who all plan to completely ban vehicles with diesel emissions from their city centres by 2025.