Anyone interested in sustaining this program should visit their website and sign the letter to the government at Letter of Support – SCRAP-IT
I’ve written to Rob Fleming, my MLA and also Minister of Transport. He passed it on to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. I got a lengthy reply from Nick Clark, Acting Director at the Clean Transportation branch of the Electricity and Alternative Energy Division (they must have very large doors to put their titles on!).
He says in part: “Thank you for writing to express your concern regarding the SCRAP-IT program ceasing to provide a rebate for the purchase of an electric vehicle (EV). Government support for the SCRAP-IT program will be ending at the end of 2021 as government is refocusing on more effective funding incentives to achieve lower GHG emissions in the transportation sector; Government’s funding for the purchase of vehicles through the CleanBC Go Electric Program is in place and will continue.”
Having worked in government for a while, I’ll translate: “People above my pay grade are deciding what they can afford to do which brings maximum impact for minimum expense”. In other words, this was low-hanging fruit that was easy to cancel to appease the Finance Ministry, who is understandably worried after spending so much money in the past 18 months; or, “Don’t hold your breath”. Mr Clark ignored the fact that my old car pumps out 600g of nasty stuff every km I drive it; and that the Norwegians reported a healthy 71.9% uptake on EVs last month compared to all others, simply by forgiving the 25% VAT.
All that said, I hope you are right, but I’m hoping to see my car this winter, and the new fiscal year doesn’t come in until April 1st. Oh well…