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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