Mobility shops in London with 10 or fewer employees are among small businesses to benefit from a new scheme that helps companies to replace their old vans with cleaner vehicles.
The £23m scrappage fund is one of the Mayor’s measures to tackle toxic air pollution, which leads to 40,000 premature deaths annually across the UK and increases the risk of asthma, cancer and dementia.
Now, microbusinesses and charities can choose from a range of ‘scrap for cash’ options and apply for the scheme online.
The government already offers grants to cover the capital cost of electric vans. These grants reduce the cost of an electric van by up to 20% or a maximum of £8,000.
The Mayor’s scheme has been designed to be complementary to this support and aims to help microbusinesses – defined as those with 10 or fewer employees – and registered charities who have vans and minibuses that do not comply with the new ULEZ standards.
Businesses and charities will have to be registered in London or have
been frequently observed driving in the Congestion Charging Zone.
Options include a payment of £6,000 to scrap a non-compliant van or minibus and help with running costs of a new electric vehicle
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “To get a grip on London’s lethal air and protect public health we need to rid our streets of the most polluting vehicles. With six weeks to go until the Ultra Low Emission Zone starts in central London many Londoners are looking at ways to change to cleaner transport options.
“Motorists need our help and support to take positive action, and I am proud to today open this £23 million scrappage scheme today to help enable microbusinesses 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 £25m fund to help lower-income households scrap polluting cars.”