The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is a trade association supporting the interests of the UK automotive industry. The recent UK Air Quality Plan has been welcomed by many and seen as step forward in tackling problem pollution of not just CO2 but also harmful particulates.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “SMMT welcomes the publication of government’s proposals for improving air quality across the UK, which clearly states that the new Euro 6 diesels which have been on sale for the past two years will not face any penalty charges anywhere in the UK. Furthermore, the government is keen that local authorities avoid charging consumers and businesses for driving their vehicles if other more effective policies can be found. Industry is committed to improving air quality across our towns and cities and has spent billions developing new low emission cars, vans, trucks and buses and getting these new cleaner vehicles onto our roads quickly is part of the solution. As outlined in the plan, any proposed scrappage scheme would need to be targeted and deliver clear environmental benefits. We’re encouraged that plans to improve traffic flow and congestion, as well as increase uptake of electric and hybrid vehicles, will be prioritised in towns and cities. We look forward to working with government to encourage the uptake of the latest, low emission vehicles, regardless of fuel type.”
What do you think? Do you run an older diesel that you would be happy to get rid of under a scrappage scheme? Answers as always are welcomed in the comments section.