Sp.a wants 1.000 euro scrap premium for oldest diesels
Flemish opposition party sp.a proposes to provide a 1.000 euro premium for people willing to have their old polluting car scrapped. “Mostly old diesels without a soot filter”, explains Sp.a leader Joris Vandenbroucke. “They are emitting unhealthy soot, particles and nitrogen oxide, and we want to ban them out of traffic as soon as possible.”
56% still diesel cars
Diesels are bad for air quality and government already introduced several measures to reduce the number of diesel cars on the road: higher road taxes, higher charges on diesel fuel and the introduction of Low Emission Zones (LEZ), where heavily polluting diesel engines are not allowed.
These measures are fruitful: sales of diesel cars went down steadily, and in 2017, for the first time, sales of petrol cars were higher than of diesels. Still, according to sector federation Febiac, more than half of total fleet, or 56%, are diesels.
1.000 euro premium to demolish old car
“You cannot blame people for having bought diesel cars massively in the past”, says Vandenbroucke,”as a consequence of a policy that promoted diesel cars for years. Despite of the higher taxes and the implementation of LEZ diesel cars still will be circulating via the second-hand market.
Vandenbroucke therefore wants to introduce this premium: people having a car of 13 years or older, willing to crap it, could get a 1.000 euro premium. To finance the project Vandenbroucke suggests to use some of the unused funds from the subsidy system to stimulate buying electric vehicles.
Only 321 entries
Last year Flemish government provided 5 million euro for promoting the purchase of electric vehicles but only 1,15 million of it was spent. Only 321 entries were received. By transferring the remaining 3,85 million to 2018 a budget of 8,85 million euro will be available.
“Let’s be honest. Even a modest electric car is still expensive, it costs 30.000 euro or more, and a lot of families cannot afford to buy one, with or without a premium, so the least we could do is stimulate people to get rid of their old polluting cars.”