14/03/19: The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a £23 million scrappage fund for micro-businesses and charities in preparation for the city’s 24-hour, seven-days-a week ultra-low emissions zone (ULEZ), which comes into force on 8 April 2019.
The fund will help charities and micro-businesses scrap older, more polluting vans and minibuses, and switch to newer, low-emission or electric vehicles.
Micro-businesses and charities can choose from a range of ‘scrap for cash’ options and apply for the scheme online at www.tfl.gov.uk/scrappage-scheme.
The mayor’s new scrappage scheme options
The Government already offers grants to cover the capital cost of electric vans, which reduce the cost of an electric van by up to 20 per cent or a maximum of £8,000.
The mayor’s scheme complements this support and aims to help micro-businesses – defined as those with 10 or fewer employees – and registered charities that have vans and minibuses that do not comply with the new ULEZ standards. Businesses and charities will have to be registered in London or have been frequently observed driving in the congestion charging zone. Click here for full details of eligibility criteria.
The mayor also recently announced a further £25 million to support low-income Londoners scrapping older vehicles, and further details of the scheme will be released later this year.
Mr Khan said: “With weeks to go until the ultra-low emission zone starts in central London, many people are looking at ways to change to cleaner transport options.
“Motorists need our support to take positive action, and I am proud to open this £23 million scrappage scheme to help micro-businesses and charities switch to cleaner vehicles.”
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