Drivers in London have been offered money if they decide to scrap a car which is not compliant with the new Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ). Drivers can use the money to purchase a vehicle which does meet the strict ULEZ standards introduced to cut emissions in the capital. ULEZ compliant vehicles do not need to pay any congestion charge to drive their cars in Central London and could save motorists hundreds of pounds worth of charges.
Riders of motorbikes and mopeds can also claim up to £1,000 for axing their motor as long as it does not meet ULEZ guidelines.
The £25million scrappage scheme will allow around 12,500 London families to ditch polluting vehicles and join the electric car revolution.
Participants will be given access to extra benefits such as free Santander Cycle access for 30-minute journeys for an entire year.
To get money back on a car, drivers must live in any of the 32 London boroughs or the City of London and be claiming some sort of benefits.
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What is the new scrappage scheme and why is it being introduced?
Owners of micro-businesses and sole traders can already scrap their polluting vans using an existing £23million fund.
The new scrappage scheme is an attempt to axe the number of polluting vehicles on London’s roads as the Mayor chases his ambitious zero-carbon target of 2050.
Polluting vehicles account for around 50 percent of the capital’s NOx air emissions and has an economic cost to the city of up to £3.7billion a year.
New research from car-sharing service DriveNow has shown the upcoming UILEZ expansion could lead to 3.5million fewer vehicles on UK roads.
This is because 21 percent of UK drivers say they are planning to sell their cars before an expansion on charges comes into effect.
A further nine percent say they would not replace cars they had sold as young people led the change to scrap polluting vehicles from the roads.
Nearly one in five youngsters between the ages of 18 and 24-years-old said they are planning to sell a car to walk, run or use public transport now increased charges will be introduced.
The research shows a planned ULEZ expansion could lead to 10 percent of British drivers using their cars less frequently.
Stephen Bee, spokesperson at SHARE NOW UK said it was great news the ULEZ expansion was encouraging drivers to reconsider their relationships with their vehicles.
He added: “It is a step in the right direction to reducing congestion and improving air quality.
“We are particularly heartened to see that young people are driving a change in car ownership habits, moving towards more sustainable ways of getting around.”
Car sharing services could also be on the rise after a ULEZ expansion as desperate motorists look for cheaper ways to travel.
Stephen Bee added: “By sharing cars, each vehicle is used more, making the most of the energy and emissions used to build it, while fewer cars are parked on our streets and congestion is reduced. A win for all Londoners.”