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People 'should be rewarded for scrapping old cars'

Tue, 17 Feb 2009
People considering buying a car in the UK may benefit from a scrappage incentive scheme, it has been suggested.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) claimed the government should introduce an initiative which offers financial rewards to drivers prepared to get rid of old models.

It stated anyone willing to scrap a vehicle more than nine years old should be given £2,000 towards the cost of a new or nearly new car.

According to SMMT, there would be a number of benefits to such a programme.

First of all, it would provide much needed assistance to the new car industry and secondly it would take older, heavily-polluting vehicles off the road, the organisation explained.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "It is vital car buyers are given the confidence to buy now."

Recent figures from the same group showed year-on-year new motor sales fell by more than 30 per cent last month.

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