Car scrapping scheme pleases few drivers (and treehuggers)
The plans as you may have heard by now involve giving car owners nine years old and older a certificate worth £2,000 to trade their old car in for a newer model at any car dealership in Britain. £2k sounds like a nice stack of notes, but as we've recently observed distastefully an amazing feat of politics reminiscent of the hoary old chestnut that "a camel is a horse built by a committee", most seem to disagree wtih the plan's benefits, except for a few planning to buy a new car anyway.
The dual purposes of the proposal are to "boost the finances of car companies" and hence the economy at large. It also hopes to replace older, less efficient cars with newer, "greener" models. But with unemployment on the rise, poor financing and doubts on predicted gains, a fair amount of debate has been generated on the issue.
One Volkswagen dealer in Sussex doesn't think the situation is dire enough to require such a huge initiative, preferring that car taxes - some of which have been doubled recently, be cut in an effort to provide financial relief. There are also fears that Britain's plan, like the German plan on which it is modelled, could prove much more expensive than expected. And since nearly 90% of cars sold in Britain are foreign models, much of the stimulus money would end up benefiting German and French car manufacturers more than domestic ones anyway.
Some have also questioned the logic to reuse, pay for, or otherwise stop using plastic carrier bags while encouraging them to scrap their cars, noting that much of the pollution caused by cars takes place during manufacturing, before it hits the actual road. Environmentalists with the Green Party also believe that the cash incentive will only encourage people to buy larger, more expensive, and more environmentally hostile cars. And shouldn't people who walk, cycle or take the bus/train every single day be rewarded first? Or will they also have to pay for the recycled containers made out of metal car parts, too?