TfL offers van scrappage scheme for ULEZ

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has demanded more help from Transport for London for smaller last mile delivery firms affected by the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in London.

As of April 6 when the ULEZ comes into force, operators of diesel vans that do not meet Euro 6 emission standards must pay £12.50 a day to enter the ULEZ one in London.

TfL has been offering a van scrappage scheme for companies that wish to replace their pre-Euro 6 vehicles with cleaner machines. The latest iteration of the scrappage scheme offers:

– operators will receive £3,500 for scrappage and purchase/lease of Euro 6 replacement;

– £6,000 for scrappage and contribution towards running costs (including insurance) of an electric vehicle;

– frequent users of the Congestion Charging Zone will receive £3,500 for scrappage.

Denise Beedell, FTA policy manager for vans and urban, said: “While the scheme will help microbusinesses – defined as companies with fewer than ten employees – cope with the costs of operating within the ULEZ and similar air quality schemes, more specialist operators are likely to lose out. These operators are unlikely to be eligible for funding due to the low turnover threshold. They may also find the cost of upgrading their vans to Euro 6 is still too high, despite receiving financial support from the government.”

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