Diesel Drivers in the UK Could Get Up to £2,000 for Scrapping their cars

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A report which was released last year showed that diesel-related air pollution could be linked to 40,000 "early deaths" each year in the United Kingdom due to air pollution.

As a result of the findings and the obvious connection between diesel fuel and adverse health effects, British ministers are considering a scrappage scheme that would allow diesel drivers to get up to £2,000 towards the purchase of a clean car.

The new scheme may be restricted to drivers in specific areas of the country, specifically areas with the nastiest air conditions or high poverty levels, according to the report.

Neil Parish, who is the chair of the commons environment committee brought up the official plan for this diesel car buyout scrappage scheme at a parliamentary debate recently.

If the plans go ahead, half the money would likely be paid out by the government and the other half would be supplied by the car manufacturers.

This is not the first time such a scheme has proposed where a country has offered cash rewards to take vehicles off the road.

Nearly 400,000 old cars were removed from British roads after a similar plan came into effect in 2009 which awarded drivers to collect £1000 for turning in their old cars.


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