SCRAP: Govt statement!

Time 10:07 am, March 25, 2009

peter_mandelsonTHE government has responded to our Scrap Scheme Now campaign in an exclusive statement.

A spokesman for BERR – Peter Mandelson’s Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform – confirmed they are looking at a scrappage scheme for the UK.

However, the response goes no way to clearing up the matter for car dealers or consumers – and it’s this uncertainty that’s hurting the trade.

‘Car scrappage is something that we are looking at in depth,’ said the BERR spokesperson.

‘No decision has yet been made on whether or not to do a scrappage scheme.

‘The economic crisis has caused difficulties for many sectors, and we are taking action on many fronts.

‘This is one of the mechanisms that we might or might not use. We need to look at the costs, and the consequences. We have to study all these aspects carefully.’

So that’s no clearer then. Our Scrap Scheme Now campaign is calling for a decision on the plan sooner rather than later.

The longer it is delayed the more potential car buyers are likely to put off buying a new car in the hope a scheme is announced soon.

An announcement on the scheme is likely to feature in the Chancellor’s Budget due on April 22 – but will that be too late? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

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James is the founder and editor-in-chief of Car Dealer Magazine, and CEO of parent company Baize Group. James has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years writing about cars and the car industry.

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