The Mayor of London has announced a series of measures to increase the number of cleaner vehicles in use in the capital.
As part of those measures, the grants available to scrap older vans have been doubled, and more businesses are eligible; a new financial package will be implemented to clean up coaches and lorries that cause pollution; and there will be extra funding for Business Low Emission Neighbourhoods.
The van scrappage scheme will be doubled to £7,000, and £9,500 will be available to those businesses switching to electric vans.
With the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) set to happen next year, it is even more important for businesses to have cleaner vehicles on London’s streets. The Low Emission Zone standard will also be tightened later this year, so time is of the essence.
The scheme is now open to more businesses; previously, it was eligible for organisations with fewer than 10 employees. That number is now 50 or fewer.
Sadiq Khan is also taking action to support small businesses operating heavy vehicles; HGVs, coaches and buses not part of Transport for London’s fleet make up more than a third of harmful pollution from transport.
To counter this, the van scrappage scheme will be open to those small businesses operating HGVs, from later this year.
Details are still being finalised but it is expected there will be a grant in the region of £15,000 for each polluting heavy vehicle, for up to a maximum of three vehicles.
The Mayor called on a national scrappage scheme to support businesses.
He said: “Our dirty air is a national health crisis that contributes to thousands of premature deaths every year.
“While bold action such as our Ultra Low Emission Zone is starting to make a difference in London, I want to ensure there is help from businesses making the switch to cleaner greener vehicles.
“While we’re doing all we can in the capital, we now need the government to match our levels of ambition and fund a national scrappage scheme that supports all those small businesses who want to do the right thing and switch to cleaner vehicles across the UK.”