RTTNews - The British car industry received a boost from the government's car scrappage scheme, official figures show.

UK's Department for Business announced Monday that manufacturers have taken over 60,000 orders since the car scrappage scheme was announced in the budget, citing figures from April 22 to June 7.

The car scrappage scheme, started on May 18, allows drivers to scrap their cars that are more than 10 years old, in return for a GBP 2,000 discount on a new car. The scheme was announced in April's budget.

The GBP 2,000 grant is made up of GBP 1,000 from the government with matched funding from vehicle manufacturers. The scheme will operate until March 2010 or until the government funding has been exhausted.

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said, Consumers know a good deal when they see one. These figures speak for themselves. Car manufacturers continue to report on the success of the scheme with rising sales. It's the boost that the industry needs.

The UK government has made an allocation of GBP 300 million for the scheme that is expected benefit around 300,000 customers.

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