The Automotive Distribution Federation (ADF) has criticized the government funded car scrappage scheme recommended by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee. According to ADF chief executive, Brian Spratt,”There is a blinkered attitude towards environmental issues which propels people towards simplistic ‘headline’ solutions, rather than small simple steps which, in combination, can have a significant impact”.
Pratt continues that stricter environmental inspections as a part of MOT tests, and a programme of driver education, would have a greater impact in reducing fuel consumption and pollution. He says,”Even a simple thing such as the correct tyre pressures will add to the positive impact and, cumulatively, outweigh the environmental costs of producing new vehicles. These straightforward measures will be a greater benefit to motorists who, despite any scrappage incentive, will still find it impossible to fund the purchase of a newer car.”
Pratt criticized the scheme further, concluding that, “There’s a lot of economic and social benefits from maintaining the individual’s personal mobility, and that can be done without hitting lower income families in the pocket with higher VED rates, and without artificial schemes to take perfectly good, serviceable, vehicles off the road.”