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London van owners begin take up of Sadiq Khan's ULEZ scrappage initiative


The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is aimed at incentivising London’s van owners to replace their non-compliant diesel or petrol vans with electric alternatives, and data from Transport for London (TfL) shows that, by the end of May, 372 vans were replaced with electric vehicles.

Retrofitting a van means the owner receives a grant payment of £6,000, while scrapping it or donating it to Ukraine is rewarded with £7,000.

It is hoped that most who have chosen the scrappage or donation option will want to put it towards the cost of a new and compliant van. If the owner can prove that they have actually replaced the vehicle with an electric van, a larger sum of £9,500 is available.

Khan said that the scrappage scheme does not require vehicles to be replaced only with electric alternatives, and that Londoners can choose how to spend the money.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) initiative is aimed at charities, sole traders and small businesses. Vehicles which don’t comply with ULEZ emission rules can either be scrapped, retrofitted or, if preferred by the owner and if deemed suitable, donated to Ukraine to assist humanitarian efforts.

Logistics UK's Senior Policy Manager, Denise Beedell said: "When the eligibility criteria for the ULEZ scrappage scheme was extended last June to include businesses with up to 50 employees, Logistics UK welcomed the news having called on the Mayor to make the change.

"While the scheme does not require replacement vehicles to be electric, it’s really good to see that nearly 400 applicants have used the scheme to introduce an electric van into their operations." 

The scrappage scheme - now backed by £210million of City Hall funding - was launched by Khan ahead of his London-wide ULEZ expansion last year.

Published On: 04/07/2024 15:00:00

 

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