Budget 2009: strong support for scrappage schemeResearch shows 80% of drivers back cash incentives

22 April 2009

Budget 2009: car scrappage scheme

Drivers could be given cash for scrapping their old cars

The vast majority of drivers support the idea of a scrappage incentive scheme for cars, according to a survey ahead of this year’s Budget announcement.

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In a poll for uSwitch.com, 80% said they backed proposals for motorists to be given up to £2,000 towards a new car when they scrap a model more than nine years old.

Similar scrappage schemes have already delivered a boost to ailing auto markets in Europe, and the government has been under increasing pressure to follow suit.

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Mark Monteiro of uSwitch.com said: ‘This research indicates that many UK motorists would be in support of a car scrappage scheme for older cars, in exchange for a cash incentive of £2,000 towards a new vehicle.

‘Motorists actively want to be able purchase new cars but are financially restricted as everyone tightens their purse strings during the downturn.’

Of those who support the scrappage scheme, 51% said it would give them the chance to upgrade to a new car that was otherwise out of their reach. However, 37% said their main reason for taking part would be to upgrade to a , and 8% said they would participate to ‘do their bit’ for the car industry.

Which? will be bringing you full details of the Budget, including what it means for car tax rates, fuel prices and electric cars, throughout Wednesday afternoon.


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