This follows the 2021 expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone up to the North and South Circular roads. At London Cycling Campaign we supported and campaigned for both past and current ULEZ expansions, alongside measures to help people adapt.
The ULEZ scrappage scheme provides cash incentives to trade in a polluting car (details below). It also offers a mix of discounts to help you cycle, or cycle more (including money off bikes, cargo bikes, electric bikes and cycle hire and sharing schemes) and driving offers (such as hire cars and vans, car clubs and more) for those occasions when a car is needed.
If you successfully apply for the scrappage scheme, you can access a range of offers and deals on various transport options. You can use as many of the discounts as you like, so try them and find what works best for you.
There’s a smaller list of benefits to go alongside the launch of the ULEZ scheme that are open to everyone. You can use as many of these discounts as you like.
The scrappage scheme is specifically for Londoners receiving either certain means-tested benefits or various non-means-tested disability benefits.
You must live at a postcode within the Greater London area (the 32 London boroughs or the City of London) to apply.
The scrappage scheme provides cash grants of up to £2000, alongside Annual Bus & Tram Passes, to scrap vehicles such as cars or motorcycles that are not compliant with the new emissions laws.
There is an additional part of the individual scrappage scheme focusing on wheelchair-accessible cars or vans offering grants of up to £5,000 to reflect the higher cost of these vehicles.
There is a separate van and minibus scrappage scheme for charities, sole traders and businesses with 10 or fewer employees registered in London providing grants of up to £9,500 to scrap, retrofit or replace their vehicles. You can combine this with the range of discounts and offers above on transport alternatives such as sharing and hire schemes.
Why this matters
Two thirds of car trips in London are under 5km, which means by distance they could easily be cycled or walked in under 20 minutes.
45% of London households do not have access to a car.
Most London cars already meet the minimum emissions standards required by ULEZ, meaning less than 1 in 5 outer London drivers are set to be affected by the ULEZ expansion.
Expanding the ULEZ, alongside the package of support on offer, will reduce unnecessary car journeys, congestion, win cleaner air and reclaim space on our streets for other more efficient modes of transport.
We’re really positive about the expansion of the ULEZ. It’s something we’ve campaigned about for many years. We supported both the previous 2021 and current 2023 ULEZ expansions, alongside measures to help people adapt.
As transport remains an unavoidable core cost for many, it’s good that the value of the scrappage scheme can be boosted through combining the cash grants with the Annual Bus & Tram Passes and/or the offers and deals on alternative methods of transport.
Support to help people safely choose to walk, cycle or get public transport has to go alongside better infrastructure. Find out how your borough is getting on in terms of schemes to support walking, cycling and public transport in our blog here.
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