Low-income and disabled motorists can now take advantage of the London Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) scrappage scheme. They will be eligible for an allowance of £2,000 for a car or £1,000 for a motorbike.
The £23 million scheme was originally introduced alongside the ULEZ in April 2019. It was aimed at small businesses and charities, to get ahead of the ULEZ charge. The expansion of the scheme adds a further £25 million to this fund – and comes two years prior to the planned 2021 expansion of the ULEZ, which will stretch to the capital’s North and South Circular roads.
The scheme is, of course, limited to London: 32 boroughs of the capital as well as the City of London are included. Participants need to have owned their current car for 12 months or more. In addition, that period has to be from or before October 23 2019.
As announced yesterday, people who take London Mayor Sadiq Khan up on his expanded scrappage scheme could find their new eco-friendly car with a green number plate in the not-too-distant future.
Londoners should ditch cars altogether, says Green Party
While pleased with London’s continued encouragement of drivers into more environmentally friendly vehicles, the Green Party reckons more lateral thinking is needed.
“Too many Londoners feel forced into car use and ownership,” said Green Party London Assembly member Caroline Russell.
“The Mayor must invest, throughout London, to make walking, cycling and public transport easy choices for everyone.”