The country is very conscious about the amount of emissions it is producing, especially the contribution made by our cars. The introduction of scrappage schemes is one way in which car manufacturers have attempted to take old and polluting cars off the road. Here, we will explore in more detail what a scrappage scheme is and how it can aid in reducing our emissions.
What is A Car Scrappage Scheme?
A scrappage scheme encourages motorists to part-exchange their old, polluting car (often a diesel) for a new, eco-friendly one, by offering cash towards the new car when trading in the old one. The Mayor of London has launched a scrappage scheme to help tackle London's air quality crisis. Interestingly, roughly 14,000 cars have been taken off the roads due to scrappage schemes.
Scrappage schemes support micro businesses, sole traders and charities to replace vehicles that don't meet the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) standards, as they are able to apply for funds to scrap up to three older, more polluting vans and minibuses and switch to cleaner vehicles.
Why Is It Important?
Clearly, it is important for the environment. Until recently, diesel was viewed as a relatively ‘green’ fuel due to its lower Carbon Dioxide emissions than petrol. However, older diesels emit much higher levels of nitrogen oxide, which is linked with environmental issues and severe health issues. Due to this, scrappage schemes have been initiated to move away from these older diesel vehicles and the problems they can cause.
Regarding your wallet, it is also important to be aware that if your vehicle doesn't meet the new, stricter ULEZ emissions standards you will need to pay a daily charge to drive within the zone.
Is There an Official Scheme?
All details and technicalities of the Transport for London Scrappage Scheme can be found on their website, and trust us, there are a lot of them. But put simply, there are a variety of conditions regarding vehicle eligibility, including vehicle age and miles driven within the congestion zone.
Are There Other Schemes?
Many car manufacturers have put scrappage schemes in place, including Ford, Toyota and Lexus.
- Ford’s scheme offers £2,000 off a new car when you scrap an older diesel.
- Toyota’s scheme reinforces the appeal of their market-leading hybrid in multiple vehicle segments as part of the scheme.
- Lexus’ ‘Make the Switch’ offers self-charging hybrids alongside a deposit allowance to incentivise involvement in their scrappage scheme.
If you investigate the manufacturer and model of your diesel car, there may be a scheme in place that suits you, as environmental change is a significant movement that many manufacturers will want to be involved in.
Should You Trade in Your Diesel?
If you have a fully functioning, older diesel car there is no rush to trade it in, as if it is well-maintained it probably has many years of life left in it and the cost of making a swap may not necessarily benefit your wallet. However, if you are looking to get a new car and you have an old diesel (preferably worth less than £2,000) to trade-in, a scrappage scheme is worth considering – for saving you money and helping our planet!
If you need to replace any car parts on your car to keep it running in the meantime, search our stock of car breakers online or visit one of our car breakers yards in Edinburgh and York.