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OECD Brief Analyzes Car Scrapping Schemes

October 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a policy brief titled “Do car scrapping schemes help the environment and increase safety?”

The brief compares the national car scrapping schemes from France, Germany and the US, and finds that automobile fleet renewable programmes can reduce carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution and make roads safer. However, the brief underlines that these gains do not cover the value of the scrapped cars. It concludes that environmental impacts and improved road safety should not serve as the main justifications for car scrapping programmes, but that current schemes can be better designed to improve environmental and safety impacts. [Publication: Do Car Scrapping Schemes Help the Environment and Increase Safety?]