— Schemes have been successful in Finland and Lithuania, campaigners say.
Transport minister Eamon Ryan should set up a scrappage scheme to swap cars for electric bicycles, cargo bicycles, ecooters or even long-term public transport tickets, cycling campaigners have suggested.
The suggestion comes as Minister Ryan launched a scrappage scheme for taxi drivers to switch to electric cars.
Yesterday, the Dublin Cycling Campaign said: “How about a scrappage scheme where an old car can be swapped for a free new electric cargo bike?”
They added: “There is such a wide range of cargo bikes available now to match the needs of anyone, and you can save a fortune compared to the cost of running a car. Cargo bikes could replace the ‘second car’ for many households, and enable many more to become car-free.”
While Galway Cycling Campaign said: “How about a car scrappage scheme for a personal ebike, ecargo bike or escooter? Finland and Lithuania are already funding €1,000 trade-in offers to help people #MakeTheSwitch. Lithuania’s €8m fund was quickly used last summer and increased to €11m.”
Earlier this week, the Galway Cycling Campaign went into more details. They said: “Finland’s government car scrappage scheme has two new options: €1,000 for an ebike or a public transport ticket. Out of 1800 applications so far, 1000 are for the ebike offer and 50 for PT Ireland should develop a similar trade-in scheme for ebikes.”
They added: “Last summer, Lithuania set up a car trade-in scheme for ebikes, pedal cycles, cargo bikes and e-scooters. Again, the scrappage offer was €1,000. The €8 million fund was so quickly used that the gov added another €3 million to help the switch to ebikes.”