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Car scrappage scheme ends

The vehicle scrappage scheme brought in last year to boost consumption and protect jobs ends today after contributing to a fifth of new car registrations since its launch, the government said. The scheme gave motorists £2,000 to trade in cars more than 10 years old for new, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The £400m initiative has helped 400,000 customers since it was introduced in the Budget last April, the government said yesterday.