Portugal to encourage scrapping of old cars

Government announces financial incentives for owners aimed at cutting pollution, accidents

Portugal's internal administration minister, Nuno Severiano Teixeira, yesterday announced details of a car scrapping programme designed to accelerate the elimination of older non-commercial vehicles to reduce air pollution and improve road safety.

The scheme will initially run for one year from 2 December. Car owners will receive a substantial reduction in tax on any new vehicle they buy in return for scrapping a vehicle over ten years old and that has been in their ownership for at least a year. The amounts on offer are euros 748 (PEs150,000) for vehicles aged 10-15 years and euros 997 for even older ones.

The government's vehicles directorate (DGV) has established a network of 97 reception centres authorised to carry out the scrapping of vehicles under the scheme. The internal administration ministry estimates that there are currently 800,000 such vehicles on Portuguese roads.

Both in Portugal and elsewhere, the oldest vehicles in use are estimated to cause a hugely disproportionate amount of pollution. Several European governments have offered incentives to get old cars off the roads, including Portugal's Iberian neighbour, Spain.

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Portuguese internal administration ministry, tel: +351 21 323 3000.

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