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Mayor of London launches scrappage scheme for older diesel vans

Mayor of London launches scrappage scheme for older diesel vans

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£23m fund will help businesses in London replace their polluting commercial vehicles with newer ones

The May of of London, Sadiq Khan has launched a new scrappage scheme to help small businesses prepare to meet the capital’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) rules.

Under the new rules, an expanded ULEZ zone will cover the entire North Circular and South Circular, and will see cars that don’t meet certain levels of EU emission controls charged a daily £12.50 fee. The fee will apply to petrol cars built before Euro 4 standards, and diesels built before Euro 6.

The existing Congestion Charge zone will remain in place, meaning drivers of older vehicles face a £25 daily fee to travel to the very centre of London.

The new scrappage scheme will be used to help businesses with fewer than 10 employees replace their polluting vans with newer, more efficient ones. Though the commercial vehicle market is still overwhelmingly diesel, businesses in London are more likely to make the switch to an all-electric or hybrid van such as the Nissan e-NV200 or Ford’s upcoming Transit PHEV.

Details of the scheme’s launch date or how much funding each business will be able to claim have not yet been revealed. However, Khan says it is planned to be in place ahead of the introduction of the ULEZ, which comes into force from 8 April 2019.

Khan’s also asked government ministers to match London’s £23 million contribution, helping put in place scrappage support for Londoners who aren’t necessarily business owners such as low-income workers or those who use charity vehicles.

Khan said:

“Air pollution is a national health crisis that is stunting the lung development of our children and leading to thousands of premature deaths. To truly get a grip on our lethal air we need to take bold action to rid our city of the most polluting vehicles.”

 


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