Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Can LPG Fuel the Drive against Pollution? Blueprint Calls for New Scrappage Scheme to Combat 'Gross Polluters'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Can LPG Fuel the Drive against Pollution? Blueprint Calls for New Scrappage Scheme to Combat 'Gross Polluters'

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Byline: David Williams ROAD SAFETY WRITER OF THE YEAR

REMEMBER the motor industry's 2009 scrappage scheme which, backed by PS300 million from the Government, persuaded thousands to upgrade to newer cars, boosting the beleaguered motor industry? Around 400,000 vehicles were ordered through this scheme before it was, itself, scrapped in 2010.

Now industry lobbyists are calling for a new vehicle "scrappage" scheme aimed at combating pollution in London and the wider UK.

They want owners of older "gross polluters" to receive financial incentives to drive their clunkers off the roads and replace them with newer, cleaner-fuelled models. It echoes a plea from Boris Johnson, who last year said owners of polluting cars should be given up to PS2,000 to turn them into scrap. The reasoning appears sound in terms of improving the air we breathe; each year the engines powering new cars become ever "cleaner", to meet stringent EU rules.

Under its blueprint launched this week, the UK's Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) industry says that in addition to a new scrappage scheme, local authorities should receive more governmental support to help them convert their fleets to less polluting fuels.

The blueprint also calls on the Government to devise a package of new incentives that would encourage motorists to switch to more environment-friendly fuels, as an option to petrol and diesel. According to the LPG industry, its measures would not only improve air quality in London and the UK but avoid further EU fines for air pollution violations.

Autogas Limited which naturally wants to sell more of its fuel says an LPG-driven vehicle generates between 10 and 14 per cent less CO2 emissions than an equivalent petrol or dieseldriven one.

An LPG motorist covering 12,000 miles per year would save more than 1. …

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