The Mayor of London’s scrappage fund has officially opened, greatly assisting micro-businesses that want to make their fleets greener.
Worth £23 million, the scrappage fund is just one of Sadiq Khan’s measures to tackle the scourge of toxic air pollution, which is the fourth biggest risk to public health in the UK, and increases the risk of cancer, dementia and asthma.
Air pollution leads to approximately 40,000 premature deaths each year in the UK and vehicles are a major factor in this problem.
In London for example, polluting vehicles are responsible for half of the capital’s NOx air emissions, and the strain on the UK economy caused by air pollution is approximately £20 billion.
This scrappage fund will help charities and micro-businesses to prepare for the start of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London, which will run for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Micro-businesses can now choose from a range of ‘scrap for cash’ options, ultimately paving the way for the removal of older, polluting vans in favour of greener, cleaner vehicles.
Options available for businesses include a payment of £6,000 to scrap non-compliant vans or minibuses, along with help to cover running costs of a new electric vehicle.
The fund also has an option of a £3,500 payment to scrap a non-compliant van, which can then be used to buy a Euro 6 vehicle that is compliant with the Ultra Low Emission Zone.
And the Mayor of London said: “Motorists need our help and support to take positive action, and I am proud to open this £23 million scrappage scheme to help enable micro-businesses and charities to scrap polluting vans and minibuses, and switch to cleaner vehicles.
“The van scrappage scheme will be followed later this year with a £25 million fund to help lower income households scrap polluting cars.
“We need government ministers to help fund a national scrappage scheme targeted at cities across the UK that will support all motorists to ditch their polluting cars and help clean our filthy air once and for all.”