London launches £25m car scrappage scheme

Low income or disabled drivers living in London can now claim £2,000 when they scrap a car that doesn’t meet ULEZ standards

A new £25 million scrappage scheme has been launched in London for cars and motorcycles that do not meet ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) standards.

Drivers living in one of the 32 London Boroughs or in the City of London can claim £2,000 to scrap a car or £1,000 to scrap a motorcycle, as long as both they and their vehicle meet requirements set out by Transport for London (TfL).

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Firstly, drivers are required to be classed as being on low income or having a disability. Specifically, they must be claiming one or more of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit

  • Income Support

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment

  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

  • Attendance Allowance

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • Carer’s Allowance

  • Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit

  • Personal Independence Payment

  • Constant Attendance Allowance

  • Severe Disablement Allowance

  • Disability Living Allowance

  • War Pensions Mobility Supplement

  • Employment and Support Allowance

  • Working Tax Credit

  • Housing Benefit

The vehicle being scrapped, meanwhile, must be registered with the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) to the applicant or someone living at the same address as the applicant, and must have been owned by them for more than 12 months prior to 23 October 2019.

As well as the applicant having their tax, MoT and insurance all in order, the car or motorcycle in question must also fail to meet ULEZ standards.

The scheme – which was first announced in February – is operating in addition to a £23 million van scrappage fund, which is intended to help small businesses scrap vans that do not comply with the ULEZ standards, but which are driven into the central London on a regular basis.

Combined, the two schemes equate to £48 million of funding to “help those who face serious financial pressure in upgrading to greener options”.

In an exclusive interview with Auto Express in June, Khan called on drivers across the UK to “lobby the Government for a national diesel scrappage scheme.” He added that London was not becoming an anti-car city, even though drivers of non-ULEZ-compliant vehicles have to pay £24 to drive into the city centre at peak times.

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