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Cash could be offered to scrap old diesel cars

Two thousand pounds to trade in your old, polluting diesel car for a greener alternative. That's the deal the government is expected to announce in the next few days - in a bid to cut pollution and boost new car sales.

A 'toxin tax' - to be imposed on drivers entering high pollution zones - is also under consideration.

Environmentalists say Eastbourne and Maidstone are among the worst diesel pollution blackspots in the South East.

But the initiative has angered many motorists. And there's mounting pressure on the government to make the scrappage scheme universal, not selective. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Owners of diesel cars may be paid to trade them in

Owners of diesel cars may be paid to trade them in Credit: ITV

Owners of diesel cars in the most polluted parts of the country may be paid to trade them in as part of government air quality plans.

Proposals for the scrappage scheme are due to be published this week.

Last year Eastbourne was named in the top 10 of the UK's most polluted towns and cities in a report by the World Health Organisation. The scheme is being supported by Dover MP Charlie Elphicke.

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Are we reaping rewards of falling fuel prices?

Crude oil prices have dropped to under $30 a barrel, but are the tumbling prices being reflected on our filling station forecourts?

In Maidstone most garages are selling petrol at more than £1 a litre. Diesel is just below that figure.

Campaigners for fairer fuel prices say unscrupulous retailers aren't making cuts, but filling station owners say they're struggling to survive because of falling margins.

Chris Halpin reports.

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Petrol prices: what's the outlook?

Like the stuff itself, petrol and diesel prices are volatile. And whether you drive or not, your life is affected by them. When the cost of a litre started to skyrocket some years ago, freight organisations and drivers groups said it couldn't go on.

Well it hasn't - and much to many people's surprise, petrol's almost below a pound a litre - and according to the boss of Shell, prices will stay low for months. But what does this mean for companies, and consumers, around the south-east? David Johns has been finding out.

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Trading standards fuel advice

Buckinghamshire Trading Standards has added its voice to those advising people not to stockpile fuel at home, saying fuel storage on domestic properties should be kept to a minimum due to increased fire risks. Anyone considering storing fuel must make sure they keep to the legal requirements.

Terry Carter, Principal Trading Standards Officer, said: “We understand the short-term difficulties a petrol strike will cause people but public safety is our number one concern - therefore we would strongly advise people to be sensible and not to take unnecessary risks with fuel.

“As with all highly flammable liquids, there are obvious safety and legal issues associated with the storage of fuel around the home, which could result in increased risks to both residents and firefighters in the event of a fire."

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Warning not to store fuel after woman suffers burns

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service has reminded people not to store fuel in their homes, after a woman in Yorkshire was badly burned in an explosion.

The woman accidentally set fire to herself after trying to decant petrol from one container to another using a jug in her kitchen.

The petrol vapours were ignited by the gas cooker.

Area Manager John Popowicz said: “Given that there is no industrial action affecting fuel supplies as yet, our advice would be to not store fuel at home, as it is a significant fire risk.

"If you do need to have flammable materials on your premises, you should never bring them into the domestic part of the home."

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