Scrappage scheme: New proposals will see drivers given £3,000 for getting rid of their car
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Motorists will be given mobility credits to use on alternative transport such as buses, trains, taxis and car hire in exchange for their vehicles. Transport for West Midlands claims the incentives will help encourage owners of heavily polluting models to ditch their cars.
The plans are part of the push to encourage road users to take up environmentally friendly vehicles and to reduce congestion in the city centre.
Around 20 volunteers have signed up to the initial pilot scheme but there is the capacity to take 250 high-polluting cars off the city’s streets over the next two years.
Mohammed Fasiuddin, a mechanical engineer was one of the first to part with his car under the new scheme.
He let go of his 2006 grey Citroen C1 in exchange for the money before the vehicle was later crushed.
“I was a little sad to see the car go, but I haven’t been using it as much as I used to before Covid.
“I’m working from home more now so the offer came at the right time for me to get rid of it.
“It is a good deal with £3,000 to use for public transport, or a taxi or uber or a hire car – I have a bus stop two minutes away which is very convenient.
“And I no longer need to worry about the car breaking down or failing the MOT and a huge repair bill at the garage.”
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According to Coventry Council running a car is the biggest expense after paying rent or mortgage payments
The scheme is being targeted at those who are looking for ways to change the way they commute after the coronavirus lockdown restrictions ease.
However, they warn maintaining an older car can be more expensive than modern vehicles.
Councillor Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member for jobs and regeneration at Coventry City Council said the new scheme was a “great opportunity”.
He said: “Coventry is in the vanguard of new technology and environmentally friendly travel.
“We’ve got the most electric vehicle charging points per head of population anywhere in the country outside London, our buses are going electric and we are trialling an exciting tram system called very light rail.
“Environmentally friendly travel is the way forward and this is a great opportunity for people to give up their older polluting petrol and diesel cars and try it for themselves.
“It’s a great way to show people there are alternatives to the private motor car.”
The mobility credits scheme will be open to people whose vehicles are older than 10 years old.
The trial is being funded by a £22million Future Mobility Zone grant supplied by the Department for Transport.
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands said: “At the same time as record investment in buses, rail, trams, and new safe cycle routes and a cycle hire scheme, we are also looking at creative solutions to our transport issues including the trials of e-scooters and demand responsive bus services currently underway in Coventry.
“Drivers will only leave their cars if suitable alternatives are available, and that’s why we are investing billions in public transport and active travel, as well as trialling these new innovative schemes.”
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