Van operators ‘need more support’ ahead of ULEZ

Added: 01 March 2019

The ULEZ comes into force on 8 April and operators of any diesel vans that do not meet Euro 6 emissions standards will have to pay £12.50 a day to drive there.

There are three main options under the pre-Euro 6 vans scrappage scheme:

  1. Operators will receive £3,500 for scrappage and purchase/lease of Euro 6 replacement
  2. £6,000 for scrappage and contribution towards running costs (including insurance) of an electric vehicle
  3. Frequent users of the Congestion Charging Zone will receive £3,500 for scrappage.

To qualify for the scheme, businesses and charities will have to be registered in London or have entered the existing Congestion Charging Zone 52 times in the past six months and provide a Certificate of Destruction for a non-compliant vehicle.

“While the scheme will help micro-businesses – companies with fewer than ten employees – to cope with the costs of operating within the ULEZ and similar air quality schemes, more specialist operators are likely to lose out,” warned Denise Beedell, the FTA’s Policy Manager for Vans & Urban Transport.

“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.

Nevertheless, she said the FTA was pleased to see that the van scrappage package includes a range of options, and that TfL would be reviewing uptake of the scheme shortly after implementation.

Denise Beedell added: “While there are only just over two years of compliant vans in the fleet – Euro 6 for vans was introduced in September 2016 – TfL has been exploring how businesses can access second-hand Euro 6 vans, so ‘compliant’ does not have to mean brand new – an important development to ensure affordability for businesses of all sizes and keep London trading effectively.”

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