A DIESEL car scrappage scheme could be introduced within months as part of plans to reduce emissions and improve air quality.
Officials in the departments for transport and the environment are already working on a scheme to offer discounts on low-emission cars if people trade in their old polluting vehicles, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The oldest and most polluting diesel vehicles in areas where emissions levels are particularly high are likely to be the main target.
A government source confirmed talks had taken place with the Treasury and officials are working on the scheme.
Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, reportedly told industry experts that he supports such a scheme.
It also came as London’s Westminster council introduced a 50 per cent surcharge for parking diesel.