London backs diesel scrappage
The Mayor of London has announced a £23m scrappage scheme to help small businesses switch to cleaner vehicles. The programme will initially target the city’s micro-businesses, with electric vehicles on the agenda.
Under the scheme, funding will be available to scrap diesel vans that do not comply with the new Ultra Low Emission Zone standards, but which are driven into the zone regularly. ULEZ will come into force in April next year.
The Mayor is also asking central government to match-fund the initiative with £23m of its own money. “If the Government stepped up and matched the Mayor’s funding, it would enable City Hall to put in place further scrappage support for other Londoners, including those on low incomes, and charity vehicles,” says the Mayor of London’s office.
“This scrappage scheme gives them a route to cleaner vehicles, an escape from air quality charges, the chance to stay competitive in their trades and businesses, reduce customer costs and above all the means to cut street-level pollution,” says Edmund King, president of the AA.