By Stewart Smith on 2017-06-26 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
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AROUND two-thirds of UK road users would support a scrappage scheme for older diesel cars, vans and lorries in an effort to get the worst polluting vehicles off our roads, according to a survey by IAM RoadSmart.
Research by the independent road safety charity asked respondents to rate the various options put forward in the government's recent nitrogen dioxide consultation but found that only three per cent of respondents are confident that the proposed measures solve the problem quickly.
Some 64 per cent of those surveyed said they supported a diesel scrappage scheme, compared to 27 per cent who didn't. Most wanted any scheme to apply to cars over eight years old.
More than 1,400 people across the UK including members and non-members took part in the survey, which was conducted earlier this month.
Some 83 per cent of those surveyed by IAM RoadSmart agreed with the government's view retro-fitting buses, coaches, HGVs, vans and black cabs with new equipment should be the priority.
However those surveyed felt the driver as an individual also has a responsibility to drive in a more eco-friendly manner. Some 75 per cent agreed that encouraging drivers to change their driving behaviour should play a part in the government's approach to tackling air quality.
UK drivers appear to have been influenced by the "dieselgate" scandal as67 per cent of them either mistrust or strongly mistrustcar makers to sell cars that will match consumer expectations for environmental performance.
Sarah Sillars, IAM RoadSmart chief executive officer, said: "It is clear to me that the public at large feel the government needs to be decisive and proactive when it comes to making our air quality better. They see strong government direction as key to making sure it happens.
"It is however clear that the car manufacturers have some way to go to rebuild trust with the public - it would seem that only when their environmental claims more closely match real world performance that the trust will be on the increase."
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