A new report, “Low Carbon Vehicles: Driving the UK’s Transport Revolution”, has accused the government of not doing enough to tackle vehicle emissions.

I’ve read through the 20-odd page document in detail and it certainly makes interesting reading. One thing that stuck out for me is a small reference to scrappage.

Yes, scrappage has even reared its head in this report, and to be honest it is not a point that hasn’t been made already.

It suggests the government should “toughen the new £2,000 car scrappage scheme to apply only to the purchase of new vehicles with emissions below the fleet average targets.”

UK green car policy 'misleading'

When people mentioned this after scrappage was first announced it tended to be drowned out by the overall fanfare of the scheme. But does it actually make perfect simple sense?

Most people wouldn’t care if the only car they could get with £2000 off was a low emissions model if they had been driving a knackered Ford Fiesta before. And in the process this would give the UK’s emissions target of 95g/km by 2020 a massive boost.

If the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, who authored the report, are to be believed the consequences of not reaching the targets are everything from losing billions of pounds to the earth drying up and water running out.

Yes, we are trying to shift cars primarily with this scheme but I can’t see many people turning it down just because a car was eco, so why not get multiple benefits?

The problem of reducing emissions seems to be getting harder to solve and perhaps in looking for the complex solutions we are missing the simple answers.

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