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Sep 17 2019

Diesel scrappage scheme 2017: Ministers plan HUGE incentives for diesel car and van owners, Cars, Life & Style, car scrappage.

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A DIESEL car scrappage scheme could soon see Brits earn up to £8,500 for their clapped-out old vehicles.

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Diesel cars could eventually be banned in Britain to cut air pollution

News of the diesel scrappage plans comes as it emerged just 78,778 diesel cars were sold in January, 4.3 per cent less than last year.

Over the same period sales of electric cars jumped by 19.9%, with 7,270 electric cars and hybrids sold in January.

For the first time, alternatively fuelled vehicles now account for more than 4 per cent of cars on the road, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary and a close ally of Prime Minister Theresa May, is believed to support the radical initiative.

He said: “The irony is that a decade ago, because of concerns about carbon emissions there was a drive towards diesel. that we now know has a different set of negative effects.

The Department for the Environment is currently preparing, and will launch shortly, our strategy to take tackling the diesel problem to the next level.

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Futuristic electric and hybrid cars like the BMW i8 are set to replace diesel vehicles

He added: There is no question that in the future we are going to have to move to lower-emission vehicles. We need to do it soon.

I would like to see a migration of people away from current technologies to lower-emission technologies. We are providing incentives to do that now and we will be doing more in the months ahead.”

A Treasury spokesman said: “The Government continues to keep all taxes under review and any changes are announced at fiscal events.

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