Car-giant Ford has announced a car and van scrappage scheme for pre-Euro 5 vehicles, which will offer customers incentives to switch to lower emission Euro 6 models.
Applicable to Ford cars or vans registered before December 2009, the scheme will enable eligible consumers to benefit from of a scrappage incentive of Â£2,000 which can be used to offset the price of a variety of new petrol or diesel model.
The scrappage programme will run to the end of the year and is effective for registrations from 1 September to 31 December 2017.
Announcing the scheme, Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director of Ford of Britain â€œFord shares societyâ€™s concerns over air quality. Removing generations of the most polluting vehicles will have the most immediate positive effect on air quality, and this Ford scrappage scheme aims to do just that.
â€œWe donâ€™t believe incentivising sales of new cars goes far enough and we will ensure that all trade-in vehicles are scrapped. Acting together we can take hundreds of thousands of the dirtiest cars off our roads and out of our cities.â€
According to Ford, all of its new EcoBoost petrol and EcoBlue diesel models meet the Euro 6 standard, which came into effect in September 2015.
The standard sets a maximum emission limit of 0.06g/km for nitrogen oxides from petrol vehicles, 0.08g/km for nitrogen oxides from diesel vehicles and 0.0045g/km particulate matter from diesel.
In order to be eligible for the Ford scrappage scheme, the vehicle is required to have been registered up to 31 December 2009, and must have been registered in the ownerâ€™s name for at least 90 days. The trade-in vehicle must be scrapped to receive the incentive.