London ULEZ based motorcycle scrappage scheme receives £5 million boost

Ahead of the ULEZ area expanding in October 2021, the London ULEZ motorcycle scrappage scheme receives a £5 million funding boost.

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Scrap your non ULEZ compliant motorcycle in London and get £1000 from the Mayor of London, provided you meet the criteria - and there has been a £5 million boost to funding this scheme in the hopes that people swap over to eco-friendly forms of transportation.

If you’re riding around on an older motorcycle, pre Euro-3, and the forthcoming ULEZ expansion affects you, you’ll be liable to pay the daily £12.50 ULEZ charge to ride around, there’s a bit of good news in that the scheme has received more funding. 

It’s estimated that since the scheme was launched in 2019 nearly 10,000 Londoners have made use of the scheme to upgrade (or otherwise get rid of) their non-compliant vehicle. 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said “Despite the lack of Government support, our car and motorcycle scrappage scheme will continue to help low-income and disabled Londoners scrap their older, polluting vehicles and switch to walking, cycling and public transport or a cleaner vehicle.”

The idea is that people swap over to cleaner forms of transport to clean up the air of London, which as it stands has high levels of pollution. And an electric commuter does well in London - I know, I’ve tried it!

Whilst the British Motorcyclists Federation were welcoming of the news “This is good news for owners of older pre-Euro 3 but non-historic machines,” said BMF Chair Jim Freeman. “For commuters on these bikes, the £12.50 daily ULEZ charge from October 2021 will be a hammer blow. Helping them to upgrade to a compliant motorcycle or scooter is a positive step, especially for those on low incomes.”

Check you are eligible for the London ULEZ scrappage scheme

You must live in one of the 32 London boroughs, and be claiming some form of benefits to be eligible for the scheme. Your vehicle must also be insured, taxed and with a valid MOT, and doesn’t meet the ULEZ requirements. 

Find out more on the Transport for London site.

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