The Diesel Scrappage Scheme and ban on sales of Petrol and Diesel cars by 2040.
What does this all mean? Why, how and what? All this information is condensed down into one article, prepare for debate...
We've all heard it going on in the news, and it's awful news for us petrolheads here in the UK.
What is the Diesel Scrappage Scheme?
The government have proposed to introduce the Diesel Scrappage Scheme, which involves encouraging diesel drivers to switch to a more environmentally friendly car, and doing so means they would be compensated between £1,000 to £2,000 if they scrapped their car for a model that produced lower emissions. This scheme was offered as there were high congestion charges, higher fuel prices and extra parking fees to those who owned a diesel car. It wasn't the Government's preferred option. The mayor of London Sadiq Khan bought on emissions tax to London and he proposed that there should be a nationwide scrappage scheme to help reduce emissions.
Could we see a significant decrease in diesel cars in the next few years? Photo: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/consumer-news/97592/diesel-scrappage-scheme-in-the-uk-local-authorities-given-green-light
Why was the scrappage scheme proposed?
There was a concern of NOx levels after Volkswagens emissions scandal back in 2015. The Department for Transport ran an investigation and found that the 37 top-selling diesel cars exceeded the legal limit of pollution levels. At first, we were persuaded to buy diesel cars in the first place by Tony Blair's government, although this evidence now contradicts the claim that diesels were more environmentally friendly than petrol cars. As you can imagine, the new scrappage scheme has now enraged diesel drivers.
Will the scheme go ahead?
The Government has identified 81 major roads that breach EU air quality standards, and they are pressuring councils to make improvements. The scheme could be very likely as the pressure builds up quickly.
Are diesel and petrol cars being banned in 2040?
The Government is planning to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040, to decrease air pollution. We may be forced to buy electric or hybrid cars as there are future plans to be completely rid of petrol and diesel cars completely by 2050.
What other schemes are in place?
The T-Charge was announced in October 2017, where HGV's, cars, vans, minibuses, buses and coaches in central London have to meet minimum exhaust emission standards or they pay a daily £10 emission subcharge.
£225 million has been set aside for councils across the country to change road layouts, alter speed bumps and roundabouts and retrofit buses.
So what do we all think about this?
Is this a good thing? A bad thing? In my personal opinion, yes it's good for the environment and pollution levels probably wont be going down any sooner, however it will be a struggle to meet these targets in places. By 2050, you couldn't expect every member of the UK to fork out money to buy a hybrid or electric car, also I just think it would be an impossible task to get rid of every single petrol and diesel car by 2050. Also, to state the obvious, it is a shame to see petrol and diesel cars to go, I couldn't really imagine a world without them. Could we really be relying on electric and hybrid cars in the future?
So, it's over to you, what do you think about the scrappage scheme? Comment below if you have any thoughts!