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Amsterdam to Pay it Residents for Scrapping Polluting Vehicles

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Officials of the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, decided to give away 1,000 Euros ($1,400) to residents who choose to scrap their old vehicle to buy a new eco-friendly car.

In a statement the city said that from the 1st of October "Amsterdammers who scrap their old cars and buy a cleaner alternative ... can get a bonus of between 250 Euros and 1,000 Euros".

To initiate the project, 6 million Euros have been allocated from the local budget. Plus the national government will provide a scrapping bonus of up to 1,750 Euros per vehicle. In such a way the government looks forward to help the auto industry during the global economic crisis and contribute to ecological sustainability of Amsterdam, informs Physorg.com.

The city's residents who want to get rid of their cars without acquiring a new green vehicle will get a bonus of between 500 Euros and 1,000 Euros. However, such bonuses will be given only for the vehicles that pollute the most.

According to the council statement, the project is expected to attract owners of 14,000 cars and will run until the end of 2010. With the goal of boosting their auto industry, similar projects have been set up in Austria, France, Germany and Italy.

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