Let the battle begin
THE Canberra car cash needed to kick 200,000 big polluters off Australian roads has been delayed until July.
The $394 million for the green scheme is on hold while the fine detail of the Federal Government’s Cleaner Car Rebate Scheme, part of its election platform, is decided under the direction of the Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister Senator Kim Carr.
It was originally planned to fire up in January.
‘‘We have to get this right,’’ Senator Carr said.
‘‘We need to make sure all the detail is correct.’’
The scheme is intended to give the owners of pre-1995 clunkers a financial boost to put them into new cars, with their vehicles then sent to the scrap heap for recycling.
Carr said there is work to be done on where the $2000-a-car rebate is paid — the owner, car dealer or scrapyard — and fine detail on which cars qualify on both sides of the fence, clunkers and greener new cars.
But the scheme under attack from several fronts, including the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association which says it is ill-conceived.
‘‘This is another pink batts debacle waiting to happen, but this one is on wheels,’’ AAAA executive director Stuart Charity said.
The AAAA says the rebate plan does not take account of the overall environmental impact.
‘‘Research shows that up to 20 per cent of a cars life-cycle emissions are produced during its manufacture and that, from an environmental perspective, the optimal vehicle life is 19 years,’’ Charity said.
‘‘Do we need to give 200,000 people $2000 of taxpayers money to buy an imported car that delivers average environmental performance, when the car they own now could achieve significant improvements in emissions performance after a simple service?’’
But Carr says the government is committed to the scheme.
Senator Carr ... the government is committed to the cash for clunkers scheme