Diesel car owners may be paid to trade in under new UK air quality plans

Environment committee chair Neil Parish MP is to raise proposals for a scrappage scheme for pollution hotspots this week

Cash payments to persuade drivers who live in pollution hotspots to give up their diesel cars may be part of a new scrappage scheme under the government’s air quality plans, due to be published in the next week.

Downing Street has been mulling the idea after being forced to produce a new air quality plan after a court ruling, which said existing proposals to meet EU-mandated air quality limits were insufficient.

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