The Car Scrappage Scheme which was due to end this month has been extended for up to a month, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has announced.
So far some 330,000 have been ordered under the scheme. However, with a limit of 400,000 vehicles which can be scrapped, a further 70,000 people could still take advantage of the deal.
The Government have said that manufacturers had requested the extension until the end of March 2010 to allow them to prepare for the exit phase. However, there will be no additional financing for the scheme, which is funded by the Government and 38 car manufacturers.
Mandelson said: “Against the background of the economic downturn the scrappage scheme has proved a great success, driving UK car sales, protecting jobs and supporting the supply chain manufacture at a time when this sector needed it most.”
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says the scheme has accounted for a fifth of new car sales since it was introduced, but warns of a tough year once it ends.
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