Coventry drivers are now trading in their old cars for £ 3,000


Drivers in Coventry are now enjoying a unique opportunity to be paid up to £ 3,000 to abandon their cars.

A Transport for West Midlands scrapping program is now operational in the city, offering drivers the chance to turn over their engines and get a financial boost.

Motorists can hand over their old, polluting cars to be scrapped in exchange for £ 3,000 of alternative travel arrangements in what is the first such scheme in the UK.

The offer has already been picked up by six environmentally conscious car owners – with dozens more lining up to take advantage of the offer.

The pilot initiative was set up by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) in Coventry, where drivers of aging and high-emission vehicles quickly accepted the offer.

In return for scrapping their car, owners receive £ 3,000 in mobility credits to cover the cost of alternative transport, including buses, trains, taxis and car hire over two years.

Cllr Jim O’Boyle and Mohammed Fasiuddin see Mr. Fasiuddin’s old Citroën

TfWM, which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), believes the incentive will help persuade owners of heavily polluting cars to use more environmentally friendly transport, helping to reduce congestion and improve air quality.

One of the first to say goodbye to their car was Mechanical Engineer Mohammed Fasiuddin of Foleshill.

His gray 2006 Citroën C1, which he used for his daily commute to his office 16 miles away in Hinckley, has now been reduced to a cube of crushed steel.

He said: “I was a little sad to see the car go, but I didn’t use it as much as I did before Covid.

“I work from home more now, so the offer came at the right time for me to get rid of it.

“It’s a good deal with £ 3,000 to use for public transport, or a cab or Uber or a rental car – I have a bus stop two minutes away which is very convenient.

“And I don’t have to worry about the car breaking down or the MOT and a huge repair bill at the garage anymore.”

After the lockdown, Mr Fasiuddin plans to work more from home and use public transport for his part-time commutes rather than the car he had owned for four years.

Her car was picked up by the scrapping and recycling company Car Take Back who took her to the Mainline Salvage car recycling facility in Wolverhampton for shredding. About 95% of the car will be recycled.

TfWM has partnered with Coventry City Council to work on the project and it has so far attracted around 20 volunteers who are giving up their cars in exchange for the prepaid debit card just for transport.

The £ 3,000 offered covers the costs of alternative transport over two years and is aimed at those looking to change the way they travel and want to reduce the costs of running and maintaining an older car.

For most households, driving a car is the next most important expense after rent or mortgage payments.

With £ 1million in funding provided by the Region’s Future Transport Zone initiative, it is possible to remove 250 heavily polluting vehicles from the streets of Coventry over the next two years.

Midland Mayor Andy Street with the crashed Citroen at the Mainline Salvage car recycling center in Wolverhampton
Midland Mayor Andy Street with the crashed Citroen at the Mainline Salvage car recycling center in Wolverhampton

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said: “The West Midlands face a climate emergency, and tackling that means reducing air pollution and finding ways to encourage people to avoid travel. unnecessary in a private car in favor of public transport or active travel. like cycling and walking.

“Our innovative Mobility Credit program helps do just that, and I want to thank volunteers like Mohammed and his family who are taking this bold step to change their travel habits and set an example for others on how everyone can. doing its part to help the West Midlands achieve their # WM2041 carbon neutral goal by 2041.

“Along with a record investment in buses, rail, streetcars, new safe cycle lanes and a bicycle rental program, we are also looking for creative solutions to our transportation problems, including electric scooter testing and services. responsive buses currently on demand. underway in Coventry.

“Drivers will only leave their cars if suitable alternatives are available, and that is why we are investing billions in public transport and active travel, as well as in experimenting with these new innovative programs. “

The Mobility Credit program is currently open to residents of Coventry who own a car over ten years old.

Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration at Coventry City Council, said: “Coventry is at the forefront of new technology and eco-friendly travel.

“We have the highest number of electric vehicle charging points per capita in the whole country outside of London, our buses are going electric and we are testing an interesting tram system called very light rail.

“Eco-friendly travel is the way to go and it’s a great opportunity for people to ditch their old polluting gasoline and diesel cars and try it out for themselves. It’s a great way to show people that there are alternatives to the private car.

The trial is funded by the £ 22million Future Mobility Zone grant awarded to the region by the Department for Transport to develop and test new transport technologies and programs.

Further trials are currently underway via a Future Transport Showcase at the University of Warwick.

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