Motorists to be Paid £3,000 a Year to Swap Their Car for Public Transport
A new government-funded scheme that could see drivers paid thousands to give up their cars will be trialled in Coventry later this year.
In a bid to cut air pollution, motorists will be rewarded for switching to public transport, electric car hire and bike-sharing schemes, The Times reports. Participants on the scheme could receive up to £3,000 a year to cover the cost of their new mode of transport. Coventry has been chosen as the first city to trial the scheme.
The aim is to encourage a long-term shift in travel behaviour among drivers, who will be asked to surrender their car for a particular time. Coventry City Council will begin the trial with around 100 participants initially. It will be funded by a £20million Department for Transport award from the Future Mobility Fund.
If this scheme was offered to you in south Essex, would you take part? Do you think a payment of £3,000 a year would persuade your pals to ditch their car? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you.
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