Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Car Scrappage Scheme: A Nice Little Stimulus...for Germany and Japan

Tom McDonnell: The much maligned car scrappage scheme comes to an end tomorrow. Unsurprisingly the car 'industry' proclaims it a success.

The scheme was a nice little stimulus for...Germany and Japan.

Another example of hairbrained policy making and wasted money. Ireland does not make cars and most of the money from these sales goes to overseas manufacturers in countries like Germany and Japan. It is hard to imagine a stimulus with a higher rate of leakage. Spending money on imports simply boosts jobs in other countries while channeling spending away from the domestic economy.

If the Government insists on handing out the gift of tax breaks (meaning money lost somewhere else in the economy) to specific types of retail businesses in the future it would be prudent to at least target those goods and services that are made in Ireland.

Paddy Logue over at the Irish Times has a good take on it:
"It used Government money to discount new cars for people who already have access to money or credit while getting them to junk a perfectly good car and then buy a new one whose production no doubt caused another small rise global warming."

And Friends of the Earth point out:
"each new car represents two to three years of pollution before it even hits the road"


CiarĂ¡n said...

I think John Fitzgerald described it at some summer school last year as about as useful as a scrappage scheme for Prada handbags.

Donagh said...

The comprador class triumphs once again.

Donagh said...

Sorry, wrong link

Anonymous said...

I am a pensioner who drives 5,000 miles pa in my 1993 car.

My car tax demand is €1000 (250x4)pa (€10,000 over 10 years)

My neighbour drives 20,000 mile pa in his new car and pays just €225 – less than 25% - Ouch!

He emits nearly 3 times more CO2 than my car.

Why am I subsidising my neighbour’s new car for road usage?

I am now off the road due to this penal car tax.

This Irish Car Tax system is Daft!

Does anybody know if I can get “Road Tax Allowance” like fuel allowance or rent allowance to get back on the road?