Drivers could get up to £3,000 to give up their high-polluting vehicles as part of a new scheme.
The scheme is being trialled in Coventry over two years and is part of a £22 million ‘future transport’ initiative funded by the Government.
It will be offered to eligible owners of diesel cars built before 2016 and petrol models built before 2006 with the aim of incentivising drivers to give their cars up in exchange for greener transport methods.
The scheme will see motorists get between £1,500 and £3,000 in the form of a preloaded payment card, for use on public transport, which also includes the city’s e-scooters.
Andy Street, the West Midlands Mayor, said;
“We have a number of candidates lined up in Coventry following a public appeal for volunteers last year and are putting processes in place to allow them to scrap their old cars in exchange for transport credits later this spring.”
The initiative was launched in an attempt to reduce levels of congestion and air pollution in cities.
Department for Transport figures show that vehicles collectively covered 356.5 billion miles on British roads in 2019, an increase of almost 11 per cent in five years and 36 per cent since the mid-90s.
CarTakeBack will be supporting the trial by ensuring the vehicles are responsibly recycled in accordance with the law.