Car insurance: Authorities to pay greener drivers

Monday, 04 August 2008

Motorists who choose to espouse their environmental credentials by driving a carbon-efficient model could be paid for their choice in the future, while also receiving cheaper car insurance deals.

Government officials are said to be investigating the idea of giving grants to drivers in order to get them to change their cars - something which could see them save on their car insurance costs as a result.

In addition, people could find that they save on road tax costs by switching, with Band F vehicles such as the VW Passat, Renault Espace and Citroen C8 expected to cost around £455 per year by 2010.

"The Treasury must also work to ensure these changes are not unfair to vulnerable groups. This includes looking at paying people to trade in their existing high-emission cars," commented Tim Yeo from the Conservative Party.

Meanwhile, movie actress Cameron Diaz has been snapped driving a Toyota Prius - a low-carbon vehicle.

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