Drivers who promise to give up their cars will be given £3,000 a year as part of a scheme to reduce pollution.
A pilot scheme, which will be launched in Coventry, West Midlands, later this year, will see motorists given cash credits for public transport, electric car and bike hire.
Those who agree to leave their cars at home are set to gain as much as £3,000 a year, according to a report in
Drivers who promise to leave their cars on their driveways will be given £3,000 a year as part of a scheme to reduce pollution
The plans were approved by the West Midlands Combined Authority on Friday and will see credit added to a smart card with the aim of encouraging motorists to ‘give up their private vehicles in exchange for a limited time period of support’.
Documents presented at the meeting said the aim was to ‘stimulate a long-term sustainable shift in travel behaviour’ among drivers, who will be asked to surrender their car for a period.
John Seddon, head of transport and innovation at Coventry City Council, told the newspaper around 100 people would initially take part in the trial, funded by a £20 million Department for Transport award.
‘We see it as a variant of scrappage schemes of the past but rather than trading in an old car for a newer one, it is trading in the car for the ability to use other modes of transport,’ he told the paper.
A pilot scheme, which will be launched in Coventry, West Midlands (city centre pictured) later this year, will see motorists given cash credits for public transport, electric car and bike hire
‘For it to be fully effective we would want people to make the commitment where the car was at least surrendered for a particular time.’
In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a huge crackdown on vehicle emissions, with steep charges for high-polluting vehicles to be introduced next month.
From April 8 anyone with a car that does not meet new emission standards will be charged £12.50 to drive through central London, on top of the existing £11.50 congestion charge.
There are also plans to extend the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the North and South Circular Roads in 2021.