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We all want cleaner air, but a scrappage scheme is not the best way to achieve it

Anneka Lawson, RAC Foundation
25 November 2016
Anneka Lawson is a research analyst at the RAC Foundation.
Anneka Lawson is a research analyst at the RAC Foundation.


The Government is under pressure. It has struggled – and failed – to convince High Court judges of the adequacy of the measures set out in its Air Quality Plan to bring nitrogen dioxide emissions within legally compliant levels at sufficient pace. As a result, officials have just five months to generate a third attempt at a plan.

One of the elements bounced back and forth is over the scope for a diesel-focused scrappage scheme to form part of the strategy, something the mayor of...

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