Government given 50 questions on scrappage scheme
28 April 2009

The Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has met with government representatives to thrash out the finer details of the scrappage scheme.

Following the announcement last week that the scheme would go ahead, the SMMT has vowed to find out exactly how it will affect the industry.

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Yesterday car manufacturers, dealers and members of the SMMT handed the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) 50 questions on how scrappage will be implemented next March.

Much of the concern is focused on how dealers will dispose of old cars when they are left at the showrooms.

BERR will now prepare a Q&A document in a bid to answer the industry’s concerns and present it to dealers by the end of the week.

One point that has been clarified is that the scrappage scheme will apply to cars registered before 31 August 1999, not 31 July as originally stated.

It is also likely that dealers will have to include their entire range into the scheme if they sign up.

“The industry is happy we have a scrappage scheme, but we now have to work out the finer points,” said a SMMT spokeswoman.

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