UK move to scrap older diesel cars dubbed 'half-baked'

The British government's move to try and get polluting diesel cars off the roads is seeing resistance from millions of diesel car owners, who are fuming over the ''half-baked'' air pollution prevention plans.

Ministers have floated the idea of a ''targeted scrappage scheme'' to get dirty diesels scrapped. But the proposals were slammed for lacking detail, meaning ongoing uncertainty for owners of Britain's 12 million diesel vehicles.

Dr Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK's chief scientist, told The Mirror, ''We have heard a lot about 'strong leadership' from Theresa May, but there is none of it in a half-baked plan that puts poll ratings before people's health.''

The Air Quality Plan unveiled on Thursday came just days before a legal deadline to publish proposals to tackle nitrogen dioxide pollution. But the final document will now come after the general election.

The AQP said ''a targeted scrappage scheme for older, more polluting vans or cars could be developed to contribute to the cost of purchasing a cleaner vehicle''. But there was no suggested figure in the consultation, just options.

An idea of scrapping all diesel cars except those with Euro 6 engines at a cost of £60billion was deemed too expensive. But it did suggest a one-year scheme to trade in 9,000 of the most-polluting diesel vehicles, and 6,000 old petrol vehicles, The Mirror reports.

Owners could be offered grants of £8,000 each to put towards buying cleaner electric cars, at a cost of £110million to the government.

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom claimed, ''Improving air quality is a key priority in building a stronger and cleaner economy.''

Air pollution is linked to 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK.