Micro-businesses have been promised funding assistance to scrap older, polluting vehicles and replace them with cleaner and greener transport options.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced a £25 million scrappage fund, on top of £23 million investment for micro-businesses in order to help them scrap vans and other vehicles that do not comply with the standards expected in the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zones, but will be driving into central London regularly.
It means a combined £48 million will be made available; this is important because, London and the wider government want to see businesses and people move towards greener transport.
The government’s Road to Zero and Clean Air strategies both work to this end, but unfortunately, businesses cannot always afford to do this.
With the scrappage scheme, the smaller organisations such as micro-businesses, who face financial pressures when looking to upgrade to green options, will be given a significant helping hand.
City leaders from throughout the country are meeting with government ministers, to urgently call for a national vehicle upgrade fund, and to go even further to tackle the air quality crisis that has engulfed the UK.
Figures show that toxic air is responsible for 40,000 premature deaths each year; transport is responsible for approximately half of the air pollutants, which makes schemes like the scrappage one hugely important.
Sadiq Khan, said the city’s commitment to scrapping more polluting vehicles has to be matched by the government.
He said: “Our country’s filthy air is a national disgrace that shortens lives, damages our lungs and severely impacts our NHS.
“City leaders across the country are united in raising the alarm about the dangers posed by poor air quality.
“Here in London we have worked tirelessly to clean up the bus and taxi fleet, encourage clean air innovation and establish the largest air quality monitoring network of any major world city.
“I’m announcing plans to help motorists on low incomes, as well as micro-businesses, to scrap their older, more polluting vehicles.
“However, ministers must now show they can match my commitment.”