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Could You Get Paid Up To £3000 To Take The Bus?

01 April 2019

In a new scheme being trailed in the west midlands, drivers could be paid up to £3000 a year to switch their commute from driving, to public transport, biking or driving an electric car. This is an effort by the government to reduce congestion on the roads and air pollution caused by petrol and diesel cars.


The participants in this new project may even have to hand in their cars for a length of time to qualify for the scheme. The aim is to get drivers to give up their cars more permanently, in exchange for this support for a limited time. The money will not be paid to the participants directly, but put onto travel cards to be spent solely on public transport, bike hire or electric car hire.


100 people are going to start the trial in Coventry this year. Coventry city council’s head of transport and innovation John Seddon likening it to a scrappage scheme, he said that they’re trading their cars in for a new mode of transport 'We see it as a variant of scrappage schemes of the past but rather than trading in an old car for a newer one, it is trading in the car for the ability to use other modes of transport,'. If successful, this trial could be spread out nationwide. To get more people to switch their commute to a greener alternative