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Diesel drivers to be compensated through scrappage scheme

Wednesday 03 May 2017, By Autovolo

Diesel drivers to be compensated through scrappage scheme

Diesel drivers to be compensated through scrappage scheme

Diesel drivers are set to receive compensation as plans are drawn up for a scrappage scheme.

Motorists with diesel cars that are over 13 years old will receive compensation in the form of a scrappage scheme to encourage them to buy a new, much more economical vehicle.

However this has caused controversy, as it will affect tens of thousands of drivers across the UK, including commercial vans, lorries and even emergency service vehicles.

The government was scheduled to publish its ‘Air quality plan’ on May 2, but on April 28, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) lodged a new application with the High Court to stop any publication about the plan until after the election. 

Defra was asked for a comment and we’re waiting for a response.

Prime Minister Theresa May has previously said she does not want to punish diesel drivers and blames the previous Labour government for encouraging people to buy diesel.

In order to fight against high levels of pollution, cities such as London, Southampton, Nottingham and Derby are considering a daily charge that would see motorists with older diesels paying £25 a day to drive around the city. 

Over a five-day working week that works out at a staggering £125.

The government is urging local councils not to implement these charges however, and instead put into place measures that tackle the pollution that do not impede motorists who choose diesel. 

Ideas, such as removing speed bumps are suggested as this could halve the amount of pollution caused by drivers continually braking and accelerating.

But Huw Irranca-Davies, MP and environmental audit committee chair believes this to be a mistake. She said: “We are concerned that central government is trying to shift responsibility for meeting air quality targets to local authorities at a time when they are facing severe funding cuts. 

“The Government has a duty to ensure that Local Authorities have the financial means at their disposal to adequately implement air quality action plans.