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Electric car scheme questioned by Transport Select Committee

  Friday, 21 September 2012

A new scheme from Whitehall to promote the use of electric cars on UK roads has resulted in taxpayers forking out more than £6,000 per vehicle towards the cost of second vehicles for wealthy families, according to a report published last week.

The £11 million earmarked for improving the quality and frequency of charging points for electric cars across the country has been questioned by the Transport Select Committee, citing the small figure of 1,706 electric cars on Britain’s roads at present.

This works out at around £6,450 for each motorist and does not take into account additional subsidies of up to £5,000 for buying an electric car in the first place.

The effectiveness of the money being spent on the Government’s ‘plugged in places’ scheme has therefore been questioned by the Committee.

Louise Ellman, chairman of the Transport Select Committee, said: “So far, Department for Transport expenditure on plug-in cars – some £11 million – has benefitted just a handful of motorists.

“We were warned of the risk that the Government is subsidising second cars for affluent households; currently plug-in cars are mostly being purchased as second cars for town driving.

“The Government must do more to show that its plug-in vehicle strategy is a good use of public money.

“Carbon emissions from transport must be reduced if the UK is to meet climate change targets, but public money must be targeted on effective policies.”

Local transport minister, Norman Baker has defended the Government’s handling of the scheme, indicating that a considerable number of sign-ups to the scheme have come from businesses “wanting to reduce the carbon emissions and running costs of their fleets rather than individuals wanting a subsidised second car”.

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At ASM Auto Recycling our own car scrappage service is conducted in accordance with the European ELV Directive and allows motorists to play their part in improving the environment by recycling renewable materials and storing away potentially damaging toxins.

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