Scrappage

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered at on 10 January 2020.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

How much could individual households receive to scrap their vehicles if they took advantage of all the available schemes including Government plug-in grants?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My Car and Motorcycle Scrappage Scheme helps eligible low income and disabled individuals scrap older, more polluting vehicles. Eligible applicants can access £1,000 to scrap motorcycles or £2,000 to scrap cars that don’t meet the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) emission standards. While there are other schemes available, they don’t support the scrapping of vehicles or, in the case of my Van Scrappage scheme, are targeted at businesses rather than households.

Households may access the national plug-in vehicle grant whether or not they have scrapped a vehicle. These grants are set at varying amounts, for example, £3,500 towards an eligible electric car, and £1,500 towards an eligible electric motorbike. Full details can be found here: www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants.

I have made £48 million available for scrappage despite no funding from the Government even though Londoners are paying hundreds of millions of pounds in Vehicle Exercise Duty every year. Only a fraction of this money is then spent in the capital. The Government need to create a national scrappage fund targeted at cities across the UK that will support all motorists to ditch their polluting cars, and help clean our filthy air once and for all.