Mayor announces massive expansion of scrappage scheme
The Mayor of London has announced major changes to the scrappage scheme for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). Having listened to the concerns of Londoners, particularly as a result of the impact of the cost-of-living crisis, eligibility for the scrappage scheme will massively widen. Grants will increase for vans, minibuses, wheelchair accessible vehicles and retrofits. The Mayor plans to use £50 million of City Hall’s reserves to fund these changes – taking the total fund to £160 million.
- Mayor says expanding ULEZ was a difficult but necessary decision and vows not to step back from tackling air quality and taking climate action to safeguard the health and future of every Londoner.
- Mayor and TfL have continued to listen to Londoners and today can announce that scrappage grants of up to £2,000 will be available to every single Londoner with a non-compliant car or motorcycle.
- Mayor has also listened to businesses and has announced that the scrappage payment for vans will increase from £5,000 to £7,000. Small businesses and sole traders will be able to scrap three vans or minibuses in addition to increasing retrofit payments from £5,000 to £6,000.
- Additional support will also be available to charities with increased payments available for minibuses from £7,000 to £9,000, and disabled Londoners will see wheelchair adapted vehicle grants double.
- £50m of City Hall’s reserves will be used to fund these changes – taking the total put into the Mayor’s scrappage fund to £160m and the most generous scrappage scheme ever seen in the UK.
- 90 percent of cars seen driving in outer London on an average day are already ULEZ-compliant