An Unexpected Result Of The Scrappage Scheme

The UK Scrappage Scheme was designed to save individuals money when purchasing a new car. Another benefit, which was unintended, was the saving of lives. Leading auto groups in the UK concluded this after they studied the road fatalities statistics for the period of the scrappage scheme.

By taking older and more dangerous cars off the roadways, the program assisted in decreasing road fatalities to a record low.

Between 2009 and 2010, road deaths decreased by almost 20 percent. In 2009, the annual figure was 2,222 and by 2010, it had declined to 1,857. This is the lowest statistic on record and the first time the road fatality figure fell under 2,000.

According to AA spokesperson Andrew Howard, the scrappage program removed decade-old cars that would have been driven by teenagers.

Mr. Howard commended the program for bringing important safety technology to young motorists. Now that they are driving newer model cars, young motorists have features like supplemental airbags and antilock brakes.

These are designed to save lives and it seems they are doing their job.

Drivers participating in the scrappage scheme between May 2009 and March 2010 traded in almost 400,000 cars over ten years old for new vehicles. According to reports, car finance was used to purchase most of these vehicles, giving the auto financing industry a much-needed boost.

Drivers are now better protected because the new cars are more technologically advanced and safer to drive.

This positive trend in fatality figures may be short-lived, some fear. The coalition government is planning big cuts to local road, police, and council budgets. If these take place, many believe that there will be an increase in road fatalities beginning in 2012.

If vehicle safety features really are the cause of the fatality decline, things may not be as bad as expected.