One really is lost in admiration at how the combination of our central and provincial governments can take a problem and make it so comprehensively worse.
This time it\’s over scrapping cars.
Time was that a scrap car had a value to the last owner. The value of the scrap metal in it. There was thus an incentive to take it to someone who would pay that scrap metal value and thus few if any cars were simply dumped on the streets.
Now, in the name of environmental protection, the car has a negative value: the cost of disposal is higher than hte scrap metal value. So, clearly, the incentive is to dump the car, not take it to someone who will charge you that negative value.
Some 300,000 cars are abandoned every year, costing local authorities £26m to remove them and trace their owners.
The government says the problem has increased sharply in the past five years and is projected to keep rising.
An amazing finding, eh? Incentives matter.