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“More cash for scraps” move quashed. Government minister rejects climate-friendly car cleanup proposal. It’s good enough for seven countries in Europe, but not for Norway. Schemes where motorists are rewarded financially for scrapping their old heaps in return for buying newer, more environmentally-friendly cars, have proven to be a success. In both Germany and Britain, for example, they are given approximately 2,000 pounds; in Norway motorists receive just 1,500 kroner. On 12 March, both the Conservatives (Høyre) and the Far-right (Fremskrittspartiet) put forward a proposal to raise the sum to 20,000 kroner for scrapping vehicles that are at least 20 years old. Erik Solheim, the Socialist Left party’s (SV) environment minister has now turned this down.

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“More cash for scraps” move quashed

Published on Sunday, 3rd May, 2009 at 23:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 4th May 2009 at 11:16.

Government minister rejects climate-friendly car cleanup proposal.

Old cars
Old cars
Photo: Tore Netland/SV


Norway says “no way”

It’s good enough for seven countries in Europe, but not for Norway. Schemes where motorists are rewarded financially for scrapping their old heaps in return for buying newer, more environmentally-friendly cars, have proven to be a success. In both Germany and Britain, for example, they are given approximately 2,000 pounds; in Norway motorists receive just 1,500 kroner.

On 12 March, both the Conservatives (Høyre) and the Far-right (Fremskrittspartiet) put forward a proposal to raise the sum to 20,000 kroner for scrapping vehicles that are at least 20 years old. Erik Solheim, the Socialist Left party’s (SV) environment minister has now turned this down.

“A reduction in emissions can be achieved in more targeted and cost-effective ways using other methods. The proposal has considerable budget-related consequences”, Solheim told the Norwegian News Agency (NTB).

Wide support

In addition to the political parties, the proposal had the support of both the environmental movement Future In Our Hands (FIOH/Framtiden i våre hender), and the Norwegian motorist’s organisation NAF (Norges Automobil-Forbund).

“The numbers of Norway’s old cars must be reduced should we reach our climate targets. The growth in the number of old cars consumes the environmental gains by new cars with reduced emissions. The vehicle-scrappage sum for cars that were manufactured prior to 1991 must be raised to at least 15,000 kroner” according to FIOH.

NAF recommends the same figure be introduced from 01 July 2009 for cars that are older than 10 years.

“NAF’s party conference urges the authorities responsible to follow Europe’s example of establishing a permanent contribution to the scrappage sum for older cars.”

Provoked

According to NTB Linda C. Hoffstad Helleland, the Conservative’s political tax spokesperson, believes that motorists will be provoked by Solheim’s decision.

“The government had a golden opportunity here to encourage motorists to dispose of cars that emit large amounts of climate gasses. This proposal has considerable support, and I’m surprised that the Environment minister rejected it” she told the agency.

At the end of 2007 there were 297,700 cars on the road that predate 1991, and the average age of a car when it is scrapped is 19.



Published on Sunday, 3rd May, 2009 at 23:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 4th May 2009 at 11:16.

This post has the following tags: old, cars, scrap, cash, proposal, rejected, environment, norway, climate.





  
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