Government moots scrappage scheme for older vehicles to cut air pollution

GETTYDiesel scrappage scheme 2017 is to be announced today

GETTYDiesel scrappage scheme 2017 is to be announced today

While many parts of the country are breaching emissions limits, the report says that Greater London now has the dirtiest air in the United Kingdom, and that reducing emissions in the areas is "the most challenging" aspect of the plan. These diesel-run units are disproportionately polluting and local authorities implementing clean air zones should encourage fleet operators to shift to the affordable zero emission units that are already available.

The draft says that "charging zones should only be used where local authorities fail to identify equally effective alternatives".

Councils will be given the power to impose fines or restrictions on all polluting vehicles in these areas but the government is strongly of the view that other measures, such as the removal of speed bumps, should be investigated before charges are applied.

Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton already have plans to introduce clean air schemes before the end of 2019.

While the document doesn't give a total number for cities, the government highlight the fact that 40 cities and towns are expected to persistently exceed safe NO2 limits.

The government said it would only approve charging schemes if they are required to ensure "legal compliance within the shortest time possible" and the impacts on local residents and businesses have been fully assessed, including for disadvantaged groups. As outlined in the plan, any proposed scrappage scheme would need to be targeted and deliver clear environmental benefits.

Alternatively the scheme could be targeted at vehicles from a specific sector, particular areas or individuals.

The Government says that this could be tied in with the existing plug-in vehicle grant scheme.

According to the technical report, it is assumed that only 15,000 vehicles would be scrapped under such a scheme and replaced with new battery electric vehicles as opposed to plug-in hybrids or Euro 6-compliant vehicles.

The suggestion is that a scheme could be brought in within two years. However, it says that it would take between 18-24 months before a scheme could be launched.

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The draft plan includes the following proposed solutions: Immediately start building Clean Air Zones around the United Kingdom; provide additional funding for hydrogen vehicles and the associated infrastructure, and more electric taxis; an investigation into HGV road user levies; and a new "real driving emissions" testing scheme (as opposed to the current synthetic, lab-based emissions system).

Environmental law firm Client Earth, which forced the Government to re-think its approach to reducing NO2 for a second time in 18 months at the end of previous year, accused the Government of "passing the buck".

The Government were ordered to draw up the new clean air plans following a court challenge by environmental lawyers ClientEarth.

"We don't want to see diesel drivers vilified, and we think the plans should also include properly funded incentives to help people move to cleaner forms of transport".

"They go nowhere near where we need to address the public health emergency we are facing", he told Sky News.

"Its proposals on transport are wholly inadequate..."

'However, it is deeply worrying that local authorities have an option of introducing chargeable Clean Air Zones which would affect owners of relatively new diesel and some petrol vehicles.

At first glance, with no mention of major taxation changes or a diesel vehicle scrappage scheme, the draft air policy does indeed look like a controversial bomb that won't solve the UK's air pollution problems quickly enough.

An idea of scrapping all diesel cars except those with Euro 6 engines at a cost of £60billion was deemed too expensive.

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