There are only 1,500 car scrappage grants left for London’s poorest before the Ulez expansion next week.
The scheme gives low-income drivers £2,000 if they trade in their old cars, but funds are running out.
The expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez) is just days away, and funds for a grant scheme to help low-income and disabled drivers prepare have almost run out.
The Ulez charging zone will be extended from the Congestion Charge Zone in central London to the North and South Circular Roads on Monday, covering much of London.
The expansion will disproportionately affect the poorest Londoners, as there will be no discounts for those who live within its borders.
These are likely motorists who rely on old cars they can’t afford to replace to get to and from work, the school run, and other errands, as many people avoid taking public transportation as Covid-19 fears grow.
Mayor Sadiq Khan launched a £60 million scrappage scheme in 2019, offering £2,000 to low-income families who get rid of their polluting cars.
However, as the zone’s expansion approaches, Transport for London has confirmed that only enough funds are available to support about 1,500 drivers.
TfL says the scheme will be available until all available funds are depleted, but with only 1,500 spots left, it’s likely to run out as eligible applicants scramble to get rid of their older vehicles.
Mr Khan said during Mayor’s Question Time last week that if funds ran out before October 25, he would try to find money from TfL budgets to help those Londoners who needed it the most.
The scheme is only open to residents of one of London’s 32 boroughs or the City of London who receive at least one of a number of benefits, including universal credit, child tax credit, pension credit, or working tax credit.
To be eligible for scrapping, the vehicle must be insured, have an up-to-date MOT certificate, and be taxed.
The scheme is only applicable to vehicles that are not ULEZ-compliant.
To avoid the £12.50 penalty, drivers who receive the £2,000 payment can use it to purchase a vehicle that meets the required emission standards.
UK news summary from Infosurhoy.
Only 1,500 car scrappage grants remain for London’s poorest ahead of the Ulez expansion next week.
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Just 1,500 car scrappage grants left for London’s poorest ahead of next week’s Ulez expansion