Thursday, June 5, 2008

Will this ever happen in the Philippines?


Cash, bikes, bus passes offered for Canada's gas-guzzlers

Agence France-Presse
First Posted 07:47:00 06/05/2008

OTTAWA -- Canada launched an incentive program on Wednesday to rid its roads of old gas-guzzling cars and trucks, urging citizens to trade them in for free bicycles, bus passes, or $300 cash.

The National Vehicle Scrappage Program will offer these incentives to people who retire their 1995 or older model vehicles, and hopefully turn to more environmentally-friendly transportation, the government said.

"We know Canadians want to do their part to help clean up the air we breathe," Environment Minister John Baird said in a statement.

"That's why we are launching a national program to get Canadians's smog-causing gas-guzzlers off the road."

Of the 18 million cars and trucks on Canada's roads, about five million were manufactured before 1996, when new tougher emissions standards were introduced.

These pre-1996 models produce about 19 times more air pollutants than newer cars and trucks, said Baird.

And although they make up less than one-third of vehicles on the road, older cars generate as much as two-thirds of the smog-forming pollutants caused by personal vehicle use, he said.

The government has committed $92 million (Canadian, US) over four years to implement the program, which is to be run by a national not-for-profit organization.

A rebate on the purchase of a new car or a membership in a car-sharing program will also be offered as incentives.

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