Yes. The project to tighten the standards of the existing Low Emission Zone (LEZ) to be equal to those of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is progressing well and is on target to meet the launch date I announced of 26 October 2020.
Drivers can check whether their vehicle meets the required standards on the Transport for London website:
In order to provide support to businesses preparing for the tightened standards, I recently announced a widening of the £23m Van Scrappage scheme eligibility criteria to include small businesses (those with 50 or fewer employees). In addition, I am also doubling scrappage payments to £7,000, which increases to £9,500 for those switching to electric vans.
Further information about the van scrappage scheme can be found here:
Alongside helping van owners, I am taking action later this year to help clean up the heavy vehicle fleet by widening the Van Scrappage scheme to small businesses operating heavy vehicles. Details are to be finalised, but it is expected that it will be in the form of a grant of around £15,000 to either scrap or retrofit each polluting heavy vehicle, up to a maximum of three vehicles.
If you are a small business, with 50 or fewer employees, I would encourage you to pre-register your interest in the scheme by emailing your vehicle type to [email protected]. This will help us better understand the number of potential applications we can expect when the scheme is expanded.