Do Car Scrapping Schemes Help the Environment and Increase Safety?
A comparative study of three national car scrapping schemes carried out by the International Transport Forum indicates that:
- Car fleet renewal schemes can reduce CO2 emissions and air pollution and can contribute to making roads safer
- But the gains are insufficient to make up for the value of the scrapped cars - in some cases the net losses were large
- Claims of reduced environmental impacts and improved safety should not serve as the main argument for scrapping programmes
- Schemes can be better designed to maximise their environmental and safety impacts