Drivers set to recieve £3000 to give up their vehicles: Drivers will soon be offered to choose greener ways of transport and to recieve a payment upto £3,000 to abandon internal combustion engines (ICE).
There will be a new trial programme in Coventry in the spring that offers drivers ‘credits’ to abandon their vehicles and become more reliant on public transport, according to The Times.
This will convince people to use alternative transport options, including electric scooters, taxis and bicycles as the credits allow this.
This is designed especially for the owners of diesel cars built before 2016 and petrol motors before 2006, the scheme will reportedly last for 2 years.
This is part of a £22 million government-funded initiative which is called The West Midlands project.
The development of a ‘Sprint’ rapid bus network has been prioritised by The West Midlands Combined Authority using zero-emission transport and support for the continuing conversion of buses which will be changed from diesel to hybrid, in its recent Budget.
Mike Hawes from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Chief Executive Officer stated in a recent interview: “There is an increasing range of mobility solutions available, both owned and shared, but mostly focused on inner urban environments.”
“For many, however, the convenience, range and capacity of a passenger car will remain the preferred option and one which, with the ever-widening range of electrified cars now available, can also be emission free at the tailpipe.”
“Authorities will want to encourage the most appropriate form of transport for the location and journey, but which should also include increasing significantly the investment in charging infrastructure which remains inadequate if our shared ambitions for a net zero future are to be achieved.”
The AA President Edmund King said: “Coventry was right at the heart of the historic revolution of the British motor industry and known to many as the UK’s motor city or ‘British Detroit’. How ironic that a local authority in Coventry is now offering to pay people to ditch their wheels.”
“The timing of this initiative seems somewhat odd when many are avoiding public transport due to covid and leading brands such as Jaguar, with close links to Coventry, are going all-electric by 2025.”
“The money would probably be better spent on providing electric charging points for those without off-street parking rather than giving mobility credits for services that people will use when they need to or feel safe to.”
The government has brought forward its ban on new petrol and diesel vehicle sales to 2030 after launching a ‘green industrial revolution’ initiative only last year.
Drivers set to recieve £3000 to give up their vehicles.