More funds for green prime after cash ran out

The government has increased the budget allocated to a state bonus scheme for scrapping a polluting car to buy a cleaner car by 47% for next year, after the agency paying it ‘ran out of money’ this year.

Some €570million is allocated for paying the prime à la conversion in 2019, up from 2018’s €388million. However those hoping to benefit may wish to make their purchases this year so as to benefit from current rules as it is expected that the government will toughen the criteria meaning certain models that are eligible this year may cease to be. The amount of the bonuses should stay the same.

Thousands of drivers, many from low-income households, were left waiting for months this year after payments reportedly ground to a halt in May after far more people than predicted applied for the bonus, which had been ...

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