Diesel scrappage scheme

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3598
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you agree that a diesel scrappage scheme for London should not be limited to people who wish to replace one car with another, but should also include financial help to scrap diesel cars in exchange for alternatives such as public transport season tickets, car club membership, bicycles, e-bikes and electric scooters?

Answer

Answer for Diesel scrappage scheme

Answer for Diesel scrappage scheme

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes - my proposal to government has already suggested this approach. It demonstrated how low-income London families could scrap up to 130,000 cars and switch to viable and attractive alternatives, such as public transport and car club membership, as part of a targeted mobility credit scheme. Recent analysis by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association has showed this type of approach would amount to a net benefit to society with an annual value of £170m.

It is encouraging that the motoring industry has finally woken up to the merits of scrappage but the wealth of options on offer are predictably focussed on achieving new car sales and by no means targeted where pollution is worst. As cities across the UK prepare to implement Clean Air Zones, now is the time for government to introduce a national diesel scrappage fund that helps those most affected in the most appropriate way.