Times Colonist

Scrap that clunker for cash, bicycles

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OTTAWA — Canadians will be offered bicycles, public transit passes or cash if they agree to scrap their old gas-guzzling vehicles, the federal government said yesterday.

Ottawa says five million of the 18 million cars and trucks in Canada were made before 1996, when tougher emissions standards were introduced. The older vehicles produce about 19 times more pollutants than newer models, the government said.

The National Vehicle Scrappage Program is to be up and running by January. Other incentives include $300 in cash, membership in a car-sharing program or a rebate on the purchase of a new vehicle.

The Conservati­ve government has been criticized for opposing the Kyoto protocol on climate change.

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