New schemes could reduce fleet carbon footprint, say consume

Consumers believe a new incentive to scrap older vehicles could help companies reduce their fleet carbon footprint, according to new research.

Findings from a study commissioned by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and undertaken by market research firm MM-Eye, revealed that more than three-quarters of respondents are in favour of a scrappage incentive scheme being introduced by the UK's government.

Additionally, two-thirds agreed with the idea of removing older vehicles from the road and replacing them with newer ones to reduce vehicle carbon emissions.

Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: "The scrappage incentive scheme is a popular way for government to support the automotive industry and provides good value for money for the taxpayer."

He added that it could have a positive impact on consumer confidence and the automobile industry.

The proposed scheme could see drivers of cars over nine years old offered a £2,000 incentive towards scrapping an old vehicle and getting a newer car in return.

Meanwhile, telecoms firm AT&T recently announced plans to replace its 15,000 fleet with low carbon emission emitting vehicles.

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