MPs in favour of scrap heap bonus

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Scrapping your old clunker and replacing it with an environmentally sound car could reap a bonus in the near future.

THE HAGUE—The Lower House of Parliament has proposed giving people a bonus if they take their old cars to the scrapyard. MPs believe the measure will stimulate people into buying a new, more environmentally-friendly car. Environment Minister Jacqueline Cramer is in favour of the measure and MPs from across the political spectrum have voiced support for the bill.

Germany implemented a 'scrap-heap bonus' at the beginning of this month. Under the terms of the measure, people owning an automobile that is at least nine years old, are entitled to a 2,500 euro payment if they take the old, polluting vehicle to the scrapyard and buy a new, environmentally-friendly one. It is not yet clear if the Dutch measure will be as generous as the German one. Minister Cramer is in discussions with automobile industry representatives.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

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