The new two-year trial will target owners of pre-euro 4 petrol models and pre Euro 6 diesel drovers to get rid of their models. As part of the deal, owners will receive money that can be used across the city’s transport network such as bicycles, e-scooters and taxis.
The scheme is aimed to reduce dependency on highly polluting vehicles which could reduce congestion and lower air pollution rates.
The scheme is also designed to find out how much funding is needed to get drivers to swap their models for new cars in the future.
Those who agree to lose their car will be given between £1,500 and £3,000 as part of a new £22million ‘future transport’ initiative funded by the government.
West Midlands mayor Andy Street said there were “a number of candidates” already in place.
Mr King warned many drivers were still avoiding public transport due to concerns with the coronavirus pandemic with many feeling safer in their own personal vehicles.
He said: “Coventry was right at the heart of the historic revolution of the British motor industry and known to many as the UK’s motor city or ‘British Detroit’.
“How ironic that a local authority in Coventry is now trying to pay people to ditch their wheels.
“The timing of this initiative seems bizarre when many are avoiding public transport due to Covid-19 and leading brands such as Jaguar, with close links to Coventry, are going all-electric by 2025.
“The money would probably be better spent on providing electric charging points for those without off-street parking rather than giving mobility credits for services that people will use when they need to or feel safe to.”
The scheme is not the only one being considered in the UK with a range of councils also looking at similar ideas.
Hampshire County Council is also considering a “Mobility Credit Scheme” to encourage them to ditch polluting cars.
The Mayor of London continues to run a car and motorcycle scrappage scheme to help low-income Londoners switch to new rmodels.
The programme offers up to £2,000 to scrap a car that does not meet current Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) standards.
However, applicants must be living within the 32 boroughs of the City of London and must be claiming some kind of benefit to receive the money.
Many manufacturers also offer some sort of scrappage scheme in a bid to encourage electric car sales.
Citroen owners can save up to £5,000 by handing in a qualifying vehicle with similar schemes also available from Hyundai, Kia, Mazda and Nissan.