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Pressure for a diesel scrappage scheme

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If the government are serious about getting rid of old diesels, then they need to speak to the people who get rid of them!

Following a High Court decision in early November, 2016, there have been renewed calls for a diesel vehicle scrappage scheme as one of a ‘raft’ of measures to deal with air pollution in many UK cities. This is thought to be a major contributor to 40,000 premature deaths every year in the UK.

Back in April 2016, the Telegraph reported that ministers had rejected mounting calls for a diesel car scrappage scheme to help tackle air pollution, claiming it would be ineffective and prohibitively expensive. But it is felt at this stage, almost everything will need to be reconsidered.

In response to this, the industry’s trade body, the MVDA has written to Government pointing out (among other things) the short-comings of the previous scrappage scheme, including that it failed to target the oldest and most polluting vehicles, and that it probably delivered few (if any) environmental benefits.

If there is to be a diesel scrappage scheme it is important that government take advantage of the knowledge of the auto recycling sector to make sure any new scheme is effective. With reports from the last scrappage scheme of vehicles being stored illegally for many years, it is important that any new system is effective.

I know many readers don’t appreciate the benefits that MVDA brings the auto recycler but it is little things like this where their influence can have a big impact on all of our lives. To find out more, visit MVDA here.

January 2017

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