Car sales in Italy, growing at half the overall pace of the rest of the EU, could be boosted by tax incentives, according to news agency reports.

Transport minister Maurizio Lupi is said to be reviewing several plans for both fleet and private sector vehicles. The plans, if agreed with the finance minister, would be presented to prime minister Matteo Renzi, said Reuters.

Any incentive could help get older cars off the road with Lupi noting that the average age of cars in Italy is 10 years against a 7-year average in the EU.

Car sales in Italy, Europe's fourth largest market, grew 3% in the first half of the year.

Scrappage incentives have helped to revive depressed sales in Spain this year.