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RAC calls for vehicle scrappage scheme for older diesels?

dirty diesels
Older diesels emit much higher levels of particulate and NOx causing poor air quality and serious health issues.
Back in June, the RAC told ministers that they should consider introducing a new scrappage scheme aimed at taking the oldest and most polluting diesel cars off the road. Then last month, The Sun, backed by the RAC, the AA and the Road Haulage Association started their campaign to compensate owners of older diesels to get them off the road.

Closer to home, Remove My Car are also backing the call and plan to play a leading role in making roads cleaner. The company is looking to the government to provide an extra £100 for any motorist that recycles a diesel vehicle aged 10 years or older through Remove My Car. That figure would then be automatically added on top of any instant quote the customer receives from Remove My Car and will also be added onto any price agreed in the company’s online ELV auction, which launched earlier this year.

Managing Director of Remove My Car, Steve Queen, hopes that financial incentives like this will encourage motorists to recycle their old diesel vehicles, which significantly contribute to the poor air quality the UK currently suffers from.

“We’ve seen in the past that scrappage incentives do work, and we’re confident that by financially incentivising motorists to scrap their old diesel vehicles it will help us to drive down the high emission levels that we’re currently suffering from,” he said.

“The only other alternative is waiting for these old diesel cars to become un-roadworthy, but that could take many years, and it’s clear that the issue of global warming needs to be addressed and tackled immediately. Proactivity is critical because people’s lives are at risk, so we must get these old and polluting cars off the road as quickly as possible,” he said.

Dirty air kills 30,000 people each year and shortens life expectancy at birth by six months, and it’s hoped that by taking the most polluting cars off the road some of these deaths will be prevented.

Diesel cars emit fewer harmful gases like particulate matter and nitrogen oxide than their petrol equivalents, both of which are linked with lung cancer, asthma, diabetes and heart problems. However, older models often throw clouds of fine black dust from the exhaust when accelerating. As diesel vehicles now make up almost one-in-three of the UK’s cars, the RAC and Remove My Car are both calling for action. It’s been estimated that removing the particles from the air will have a bigger impact than eliminating all road deaths, or deaths from passive smoking.

Steve Queen continued: “At Remove My Car we take the environment incredibly seriously, supporting the EU directive which dictates that 95% of an ELV should be recycled, and we would be more than happy to implement a scheme into our own processes. We look forward to speaking to the Government on the issue of harmful diesels and hopefully we can work together to combat this.”

In February there were calls for old diesels to be banned from the centre of London after there were claims that London has the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide in Europe, and that the city was at risk from yearly £300m fines. The UK aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% (from the 1990 baseline) by 2050.

September 2014

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