Sadiq Khan has doubled the size of an incentive for small businesses to scrap older polluting vans after a small percentage (10%) of a £23 million green fund was spent in the first year.
The mayor’s incentive for scrapping a van that frequently enters Central London, one that breaches the ultra-low emission zone would double to £7,000. There has also been an increase on the amount available to firms who switch to an electric vehicle from £6,000 to £9,500.
Previously, the scheme was restricted to ‘micro businesses’ with up to 10 employees, now this will widen to include firms with up to 50 employees. The scheme which was launched in February last year, before the start of ULEZ last April has had mixed reviews. Small businesses had complained that the original scrappage payment was too low to make economic sense. The total of applications received to date is 2,672 with only 642 vehicles scrapped.
Similarly there has been a weak take-up of £2 million that’s available to low-income and disabled Londoners to scrap older cars and motorbikes. There have been a total of 1,514 applications from January 7th, £947,000 in scrappage payments has been made and 476 vehicles have been scrapped.
The scheme is set to extend later this year; to include HGVs and coaches, where it will be around £15,000 per vehicle will be available.
Overall the good news is, is that the mayor has recognised that more money needs to be invested to make London’s air cleaner. We’ve include a picture of the ULEZ area in Central London and outer-skirts, for you to see how you could be affected.