The vehicle scrappage scheme should not just swap old cars for new cars

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the opening of the vehicle scrappage scheme today said:

“Getting the most polluting cars and motorcycles off our roads is very welcome, but the Mayor’s scheme falls short of what could be possible.

“Twenty-five million of public money is being spent on largely encouraging people to buy or rent new cars, when instead the money could have been spent on giving people a much wider range of options for travel.

“Although free annual membership of Santander Cycles is being included, that is a financial package of just £90, compared to £2000 being made available to help some people buy a new car.

“Other options should also exist with this scheme, such as using the grants to allow people to buy bicycles or to buy a travelcard.”