Theresa May could offer diesel drivers compensation to encourage them to scrap their toxic cars
The Tories are set to release their new air quality strategy on Friday, which will include the new diesel scrappage scheme.
A Conservative party source told the Telegraph: “We will help drivers on modest incomes who bought their diesel vehicles in good faith, having been badly advised by the last Labour government. We are cleaning up Labour’s mess.”
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Under the new plans, car owners will be able to qualify for "scrappage" cash if their diesel vehicles are old enough and registered at an address where air pollution is already at dangerous levels.
A previous scheme in 2009 enabled a vehicle to be scrapped for a £2,000 discount on a new car, with £1,000 coming from the manufacturer and £1,000 from the Government.
But the new scheme is likely to be targeted at vans and other high polluting vehicles.
A Conservative source told the newspaper: “We are clear that measures other than charging zones should be preferred if they are as effective at reducing pollution.
“We are not mandating any council to levy charges on private cars and motorbikes. Councils will need to justify any policy to their electorate.”
Ministers are also said to be drafting ways they can offer help with “retro-fitting” older, more polluting diesel vehicles to reduce the levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide.
The number of diesel vehicles in Britain has risen from 3.2 million in 2000 to more than 10 million, after the Labour Government slashed a fuel duty on them in a bid to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Barry Gardiner admitted Labour's failings in regards to curbing diesel emissions
Shadow Environment minister Barry Gardiner said: “There’s no question that the decision we took [on diesel] was the wrong decision. The impact has been a massive problem for public health in this country.”
The news follows reports that UK car production could shrink if the Government clamps down on diesel drivers.