The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that he will double the £ 23 million for end-of-life vehicles that are more damaging to the environment.
The fund was announced in December to help microenterprises (defined as companies with fewer than 10 employees) support scrap transporters that are not compliant with the new Ultra Low Emission Zone standards but are routed regularly to the ULEZ Central London Zone ,
In total, the mayor will provide £ 48 million worth of waste to assist those facing "significant financial pressure" in moving towards greener options.
The UK100 published research suggests that this could pay off for almost half a million (488,647) older polluting cars, vans and buses to remove them from the streets and encourage people and businesses to use low-emission vehicles and public transport use.
Khan had previously said that Londoners pay "hundreds of millions of pounds" of VED (Vehicle Exercise Duty) every year to support these funds, but spend only a negligible amount in London, and he has called on the government to financially improve Supporting London's efforts to move towards low-emission vehicles.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: "Now, seven weeks before the introduction of the ultra-low-emission 24-hour zone in central London, I announce plans to help low-income drivers, as well as micro-businesses to scrap their older, more polluting vehicles.
"However, the ministers now have to prove that they can live up to my commitment. If we want to fight the health crisis and social injustice caused by air pollution, it is crucial and only fair that a national scrapping program be funded and supported by the government. "
Caroline Russell, Chair of the London Environment Committee, welcomed the announcement.
"Anything that helps reduce the number of polluting vehicles on the road is a step in the right direction," she added.
"We have always agreed that the Ultra Low Emission Zone is a necessary tool to combat London's dirty air, and we even asked the mayor to move further and faster." Hopefully, this extra money will persuade many Londoners to do their part in getting rid of polluting vehicles. "
"While we have questions about the details of the program, we support all actions that address this public health threat."