Scrappage scheme ‘a real success’


The government has marked the halfway point of its car scrappage scheme by outlining the positive effect the initiative has had on both vehicle sales and environmental performance across the country.

Scrappage customers have been credited with contributing to a 13.5 per cent increase in car manufacturing in recent months, as well as the first jump in new vehicle registrations since April last year.

In addition, the government estimates that the average rate of carbon emissions from new cars bought through the scheme is 133.9 g/km, compared to 179 g/km for those which have been traded in.

Lord Mandelson, secretary of state for business, said: “I’m pleased that we have already achieved over 150,000 new car orders. This is a great deal for manufacturers and dealers, not to mention the customers.”

This comes after automotive intelligence company Glass’s last week called for the scheme to be extended until next summer in order to continue the benefits for sellers and buyers alike.

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