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Boris Johnson to improve air quality by paying people to scrap diesel cars

Date: 02/09/2014 12:50:19
Category: Fuel Efficiency
Author: Laura Varley

Boris Johnson has proposed that people should be paid £1,000 to scrap their diesel vehicles, in a bid to improve air quality.

The scheme could be similar to the national scrappage scheme, which was first introduced in 2009 in order to boost the number of new car sales. Motorists that owned vehicles over ten year old could apply to get £1,000 to put towards a new car. The scheme ended in 2010, and not only did it boost car sales, it also reduced the number of less fuel efficient vehicles on the road. This is what the Mayor of London is also trying to achieve, reports businessgreen.com.

Mr Johnson's idea was submitted to the House of Commons' Environmental Audit Committee, which is currently holding an inquiry on air quality. The submission said: "A national scrappage schemSavee for diesel and other polluting vehicles is now needed as a priority in order to compensate people who have bought polluting diesel vehicles in good faith, as well as to drive forward air quality improvements," reports standard.co.uk.

Diesel drivers also face paying an extra £10 a day for London's congestion charge as a result of Ultra Low Emission Zone proposals for 2020, Mr Johnson has previously said. However, he is unlikely to roll out any more negative measures to rid the capital of diesel cars, as motorists who purchased diesel cars thinking they would be more fuel efficient than petrol vehicles would not be happy.

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