The French Are Serious About Removing Auto Pollutants

It looks like the French government is very serious about getting cars and trucks that contribute to the emissions problems off the road sooner than later. The Environment and Energy Minister announced that there will be aggressive new incentives implemented to help expedite the removal of over 3 million cars that are not emission friendly. The proposal would call for a 500 to 1,000-euro incentive for consumers to trade in their older models for newer more efficient ones and would be eligible on all cars that have gas engines that were registered before 1997 or those with diesel engines before 2001.

This program is currently in place for low income families and will be made available to the entire country should the measure pass government legislations. The minister also said that this program would include the ability for low income families to get an additional 500 to 1,000 euros in incentives, bringing the total incentive deal for lower income earners to between 1,000 and 2,000 euros, which the Minister noted that this could cover almost half of a second hand small car. The government will also be looking as some fairly aggressive additional incentives to get people to move to a fully electric car model. If approved it would include a 2,500-euro plan to switch over to electric which would be over and above the current 6,000-euro incentive in play currently.