£23m van scrappage scheme announced ahead of Ultra Low Emission Zone introduction

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Author: | Updated: 18 Dec 2018 01:49

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has announced a £23m scrappage scheme for the city’s most polluting vans ahead of the introduction of the permanent Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on 8 April 2019.

The scheme will initially help London’s businesses with less than 10 employees switch to the newest, cleanest vehicles such as the all-electric Nissan e-NV200.

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The introduction of the ULEZ into London next year will see a charge levied on vehicles that do not meet strict emission standards such as diesel vans which are not Euro 6 standard. These vehicles will have to pay £12.50 a day to drive in central London.

Under the scrappage scheme, funding will be made available to scrap vans that do not comply with the new ULEZ standards but which are driven into the zone regularly.

The Mayor has asked the government to match-fund London’s proposed scrappage scheme with an additional £23m coming from either the £245m National Clean Air Fund or from underspend on Highways England’s £75m air quality fund.

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Khan, said: “It’s not good enough to do nothing, and I’m determined to take real action which is why I’ve already delivered the toxicity charge in central London for the oldest polluting vehicles, cleaned up our bus fleet, and brought forward the ultra-low Emission Zone.

“My scrappage scheme is my next step in tackling pollution.”

Gerry Keaney, chief executive of the BVRLA, said: “It is great that the Mayor is providing extra financial support for upgrading vans, which are an essential tool for so many SME’s operating in London.

“More and more firms are choosing to lease because it provides an affordable, fixed cost way of accessing the latest low-emission vehicles […] Vehicle rental and car clubs will also play a vital role in helping businesses and individuals make the shift to cleaner, ULEZ-compliant motoring from April 2019.”

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