Coventry plans to pay £3000 to people to give up driving
A two-year trial scheme will allow drivers to be paid in exchange for not using their cars.
While the rest of Britain has set its eyes on making motoring more environmentally-friendly, in Coventry the city council has decided to save the polar bears by outright paying drivers £3000 a year to not drive their cars.
The way the scheme works is that if your car uses pre-Euro 4 petrol and pre-Euro 6 diesel, then you could give up using your polluting car in exchange for "credits" that you could spend on riding on buses - all of which are electric - taxis and bicycles.
According to The Times, the aim of the scheme to investigate 'how much funding would be needed to get drivers to swap their older cars for cleaner forms of transport in the long term.'
This utterly ridiculous scheme has obviously caused some backlash, with the President of AA Edmund King mocking the city authorities for essentially shaming Coventry's past as the centre of the British automotive industry, adding, "How ironic that a local authority in Coventry is now trying to pay people to ditch their wheels."
King also stated, that the city's finances "would probably be better spent on providing electric charging points for those without off-street parking rather than giving mobility credits for services that people will use when they need to or feel safe to.”