A plan to encourage owners of the oldest diesels to trade them in for newer, cleaner cars, could be revealed this Friday.
The Telegraph newspaper reports that two schemes are being considered: a £2000 scrappage incentive, or a newly detailed scheme that could subsidise the retrofitting of diesel vehicles with nitrogen oxide filters to improve emissions. The latter plan is expected to be targeted primarily at vans, but could be extended to the most polluting diesel cars. A government grant would cover the cost of fitment.
The diesel scrappage scheme has been mooted throughout 2017 as part of a plan to improve air quality, with diesel cars facing increasing environmental criticism in the wake of the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal.
Initiatives to reduce diesel emissions have become more widespread in recent months and include a proposal that diesel drivers will soon have to pay £20 a day in ‘Toxin Tax’ to enter London. It's believed that the government is dissuading local councils from imposing their own levies on diesel cars, though, believing that it may become an issue among voters in the run up to the General Election.
Diesel scrappage scheme proposed
The diesel scrappage scheme was originally suggested earlier this year.
Under the proposed scheme, diesel drivers would be paid to trade-in their cars for newer, cleaner models.
Sources suggest the scheme would pay drivers up to £2000 to trade-in their old diesel cars, although the funding may be limited to lower-income drivers in the worst polluted areas.
Prime Minister Theresa May said: "Decisions will be taken when we produce that [air quality] plan.