Vauxhall has announced its intentions to make Britain ‘banger-free’ by offering a scheme to help people trade in their old, gas-spewing cars for newer models.
As part of a Europe-wide initiative called ecoFlex, Vauxhall is offering a £1,000 bonus up to the end of August for anyone who trades in a car which is then scrapped in exchange for a low-emission version of a Corsa, Meriva, Astra or Zafira.
Those drivers who do not want their cars to be scrapped will still be offered a £250 trade-in bonus to encourage them to go for one of Vauxhall’s most efficient models.
According to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), over 15 million cars on UK roads are seven years old or more and over four million vehicles are over 12 years old.
Vauxhall chairman Jonathan Browning said: "Modern, low-emission vehicles can only help the environment when they also replace the old cars which still blight Britain’s roads.
"We know that there are many drivers who would love to see their old car scrapped and replaced by a modern, safe, fuel-efficient, reliable and ‘greener’ vehicle, but they think they can’t afford it. Vauxhall will now assist them."
The trade-in scheme is "only the first part" of the ecoFlex campaign, according to Mr Browning, as Vauxhall is pursuing initiatives such as the optimisation of the internal combustion engine and ultimately aims to "remove the car from the environmental equation".