ULEZ Van and Minibus Scrappage Scheme: £2,000 Payment Increase
The ULEZ van and minibus scrappage scheme is a government-funded program that helps small businesses, micro businesses, sole traders and charities in London to scrap or retrofit their old, polluting vans and minibuses. The scheme was launched in February 2019 and is open to vehicles that do not meet the ULEZ emissions standards.
On 4th August 2023, the government announced a £2,000 increase in the grant payments available under the scheme. This means that successful applicants can now get up to £11,500 to scrap or retrofit a non-compliant van or minibus.
The increase in payments is part of the government's plan to expand the ULEZ to cover the whole of Greater London by 2025. The expansion is expected to reduce air pollution in London by up to 30%, and the scrappage scheme is designed to help businesses and charities to make the switch to cleaner vehicles.
To be eligible for the ULEZ van and minibus scrappage scheme, your vehicle must meet the following criteria:
- Registered to a small business, micro business, sole trader or registered charity with a registered address in London.
- It must be a van or minibus that does not meet the ULEZ emissions standards.
- Registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to you (or someone who lives at your address) since 30 January 2022 or earlier.
If your vehicle meets these criteria, you can apply for a grant payment of up to £11,500 to scrap or retrofit your van or minibus. The amount of the grant payment will depend on the type of vehicle you are scrapping or retrofitting and whether you are replacing it with a cleaner vehicle.
To apply for a grant payment, you will need to complete an online application form. You will need to provide evidence that your vehicle is eligible for the scheme, such as your DVLA registration certificate and MOT certificate. You will also need to provide evidence that your business or charity is registered in London.
The application process is open now and closes on 31st March 2024. The government expects to process all applications within 12 weeks of receipt.
For more information about the ULEZ van and minibus scrappage scheme, visit the Transport for London website: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone/scrappage-schemes/van-minibus
How the Scrappage Scheme Can Help Your Business
The ULEZ van and minibus scrappage scheme can offer a number of benefits to businesses in London. By scrapping or retrofitting your old van or minibus, you can:
- Reduce your air pollution emissions and improve air quality for your employees and customers.
- Save money on fuel and maintenance costs.
- Improve the image of your business and attract new customers.
- Comply with the ULEZ emissions standards and avoid fines.
If you are a small business, micro business, sole trader or charity in London, the ULEZ van and minibus scrappage scheme is a great opportunity to upgrade your fleet to cleaner vehicles. The £2,000 increase in grant payments makes the scheme even more attractive, so don't delay in applying.