Why are all the cars in the UK new?
October 5, 2011 11:10 AM Subscribe
Why aren't there any (or many) older cars on the road in the UK?
posted by something something to travel & transportation around United Kingdom (26 answers total)
I'm an American who has just returned from 12 days in the UK, mostly in the form of a road trip around the Scottish Highlands. A few days into the trip we noticed that every car on the road appeared to be virtually brand-new. At that point we started specifically looking for older models and we never saw one the entire time. Some of the larger trucks appeared to be older, but passenger vehicles were all sparkly and new.
Why is this? In the US, it seems like half the cars on the road are at least ten years old, and I often see clunkers from the 70's or 80's. Does this have to do with stricter fuel efficiency and/or emissions standards? Or something else?