Academics cast new doubt on scrappage proposals

A unique investigation of millions of cars on the UK’s roads has shown that the least polluting ones are found in the most polluted areas

Sending old diesel cars to the scrapheap would do little to improve air quality Photograph: David Wright/GeographCalls for a diesel car scrappage scheme are founded on false assumptions, according to a comprehensive analysis of where 22 million cars are kept and driven. It backs the government’s reservations about setting up such a scheme, which it believes would offer poor value for money.

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