The UK’s prime minister is being urged to launch a £1 billion diesel scrappage scheme using council bus lane fines.
The AA is demanding that ministers announce the scheme to help motorists facing a series of so-called ‘eco-charges and taxes’ as the country.
The breakdown company suggested that councils use the £500 million they’re expected to rake in from bus lane fines over the next decade and is calling on the government to match the cash with £500million of their own – making a £1 billion total.
AA chief Edmund King said: “This is a radical clean air plan that ticks so many of the boxes – protecting vulnerable car owners, and giving a surge of power to the electrification of city vehicles.
“Half the money, coming from bus lane fines, is ready and waiting in council coffers. Rather than waiting two years for clean air restrictions to come into force, councils can make a start virtually tomorrow.
“It also meets the requirements for use of traffic fines income on transport projects.”
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