Mercedes-Benz

Scrappage scheme launches 

15.03.2019

The Mayor of London has launched a scrappage scheme to help tackle London's air quality crisis. It will support micro businesses and charities as they prepare for the arrival of the Ultra Low Emission Zone. 
On 8th April the new ULEZ will come into effect in central London, if vehicles do not meet the new, stricter ULEZ emissions standards then owners will need to pay a daily charge to drive within the zone. Under the scrappage scheme, eligible micro businesses and charities can apply for funds to scrap up to three older, more polluting vans and charity minibuses and switch to cleaner vehicles. 
The £23 million scrappage has come in to place to help reinforce safety measures to reduce toxic air pollution which leads to 40,000 premature deaths annually across the UK and increases the risk of asthma, cancer and dementia. 
There are 3 grant payment options available. If you meet the eligibility criteria for vehicles and organisations you can apply for one of three funds: 
Option 1: Scrappage for frequent users of the Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ) (£3,500)
The vehicle being scrapped must:
- Have been driven within the CCZ at least 52 times during the 6 months before 22 February 2019 - this will be checked against existing transactions in your London Road User Charging account
-Be a pre-Euro 6 model light van (or charity-owned minibus) that does not meet the ULEZ standards
Option 2: Scrappage and purchase/lease of Euro 6 replacement (£3,500)
The vehicle being scrapped must be:
- A pre-Euro 6 model light van (or charity-owned minibus) that does not meet the ULEZ standards
- Replaced (by purchase or lease) with a Euro 6 light van or Euro 6 minibus (for charities only)
The micro business or charity must be registered at a Greater London address.
Option 3: Scrappage and contribution towards running costs (including insurance) of an electric vehicle (£6,000)
The grant payment is made up of £3,500 for scrapping eligible vehicles plus a £2,500 contribution towards running costs (including insurance) of a replacement electric vehicle(s).
The vehicle being scrapped must be:
- A pre-Euro 6 model light van (or charity-owned minibus) that does not meet the ULEZ standards
- Replaced (by purchase or lease) with an electric light van or electric minibus (for charities only)
For a micro business or charity NOT registered in Greater London the vehicle must also:
- Have been driven within the CCZ at least 52 times during the 6 months before 22 February 2019 - this will be checked against existing transactions in your London Road User Charging account
Under Option 3 you can apply for a refund from ULEZ charges for the three months after you first apply for the scheme.
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