UPDATED 19th January 2024 – THE CAR SCRAPPAGE SCHEME IS STILL RUNNING

Cars

On August 21 2023, Transport for London (TfL) launched a £160m ULEZ car replacement initiative. Now ALL London residents who own cars that don’t meet the required standards can now access a £2,000 subsidy. Originally, the scheme was only available to car owners who were in receipt of certain types of benefits, but this is no longer the case.

Vans

For vans (e.g. small businesses) and minibuses, the grant money now available is £6,000 – £11,500

Watch the video

If you’d like to see the video of Sadiq Khan announcing the update, it’s available to view on the Evening Standard website.

Ace Car Breakers Ltd. are an authorized treatment facility (ATF) for End of Life Vehicles (ELVs) Permit GB3605FH. We are able to scrap vehicles that are eligible for the 2024 TfL ULEZ Car Scrappage Scheme and issue the Certificate of Destruction (CoD) once scrapped. The price we quote you below is in addition to the grant.

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IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ! Much of what’s written below still applies but the criteria regarding eligibility and amounts mentioned at the top of the page has changed. Also, some of the information may now be out of date so we suggest visiting the TfL website directly (links included below) to check and confirm the accuracy of the information. 

After the success of the last London Car Scrappage Scheme which resulted in more than 15,000 polluting vehicles being removed from London’s roads, TfL’s (Transport for London) latest ULEZ car and van scrappage scheme is back up and running for 2023 and 2024.

Visit the TfL website

Once you’ve read this post and have decided that you’re ready to apply, you can get all the in-depth information about the ULEZ scrap car scheme from TfL’s main ULEZ scrappage scheme page which starts with:

“The Mayor of London has launched a new £110m scrappage scheme providing financial assistance to help eligible Londoners scrap their highest polluting vehicles to prepare for the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) across all London boroughs from 29 August 2023.”

What can I claim?

The scheme isn’t only for cars. You can also apply if you have a motorcycle, minibus or van. This includes vans up to and including 3.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) or up to and including 5 tonnes GVW for minibuses.

The actual grant money is:

  • Scrapping a car – £2,000
  • Scrapping a van/minibus – £6,000 – £11,500
  • Scrapping a motorcycle – £1,000
  • Scrapping a wheelchair-accessible vehicle – £5,000
  • Retrofitting a wheelchair-accessible vehicle – £5,000

Eligibility

Of course, you need to be eligible in order to be approved for the grant money in the first place so you’ll need to visit TfL’s website (link above) to make sure you qualify – don’t scrap your vehicle until you’re certain that you do. You can also check your vehicle here, which must NOT meet the required emissions standard to be eligible. If your car/van is eligible, then there are various other criteria that must be also be met in order for you to qualify for the grant money.

Watch the video

Cars

First and foremost, The ULEZ scrap car and motorcycle scheme will only be available to applicants who live in one of the 32 London boroughs (or the City of London) and receive some type of benefit. This includes but is not limited to things like Housing Benefit, Income Support, Child Tax Credit, Carer’s Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit and Working Tax Credit. There are quite a few other benefits too, so it’s definitely worth checking the TfL website for the full list.

For this and to read more, you can find out about the car application process here.

Vans

For van drivers, you’ll need to be an eligible “micro-business” (i.e. up to 10 employees) or a sole trader with a registered address in a London borough or the City of London. Your vehicle must also NOT be compliant with the ULEZ emissions standards.

You can read more about the van application process here.

Other van requirements

To further summarise, the eligibility is as above plus there are stipulations on what your turnover/balance sheet total mustn’t exceed. You’ll also need to be registered at Companies House as an active company or VAT registered within a London borough (or the City of London).

Of course, not everyone has a Limited company so if you’re a sole trader, you can also apply if you live in a London borough.

Regarding your van (or vans), it can only be a light van (up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight and registered to your business for more than 12 months prior to the 30th January 2023. As you’d expect, it must also be registered with the DVLA in the name of the business or your sole trader name. However, there are exceptions to this if your van is registered to someone else connected with your business (e’g an employee, director etc.) but you’ll need to provide evidence of this. It must also be insured for business use, have valid road tax and MOT and be ULEZ non-compliant.

If you intend to replace it with a compliant van, then there are stipulations about the type, size and weight of the replacement too.

How to apply

You’ll need to apply for the 2024 ULEZ scrap car/van scheme as soon as possible because there’s only a limited amount of money available (£ 110 million) and this will be paid out on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that once the money has gone… it’s gone!

In order to get started, first read the terms and conditions. You’ll then need to create an account on the TfL website. Make sure you have all the necessary documents and then start your application here. Before you start, make sure you’ve read and understand the criteria for a car application or van application respectively.

Be aware, the application process times out if inactive for 30 minutes so you need to do it all in one go otherwise you’ll have to start again from scratch.

A brief summary of the process

If you qualify for the ULEZ scrap car scheme and don’t want to retrofit your vehicle, here’s our quick guide to the scheme.

  1. Check if you are eligible for the scheme by ensuring your car, van or minibus doesn’t meet the ULEZ emission standards and that you live in one of London’s 32 boroughs and also meet all the necessary criteria.
  2. Gather the required evidence and make stage 1 of your application by applying online
  3. If approved (usually within 10 working days), proceed to stage 2 by scrapping your car with an Authorized Treatment Facility (ATF) such as us or a similar company.
  4. You will be issued with a Certificate of Destruction (CoD) as evidence that your vehicle has been scrapped
  5. Submit the required documents and await payment!

Where do I scrap my car or van for the 2024 ULEZ car & van scrappage scheme?

Car Scrappage

Your vehicle will need to be scrapped at an authorised treatment facility (ATF) for End of Life Vehicles (ELVs). For example, we hold the relevant authorisation requirement with Permit GB3605FH so are able to scrap your car or van and provide you with the Certificate of Destruction that you’ll need to prove that your vehicle has been scrapped.

We have already scrapped many eligible vehicles and are happy to answer all of your questions regarding scrapping your car/van with us as part of the current scheme in London for 2024.

Will there be another scheme in future when this one ends?

Vehicle scrappage schemes aren’t new in the UK, they actually date back to 2009. However, TfL’s previous adaptation from 2019 onwards was predominantly geared towards benefitting low-income and disabled Londoners. As a result, TfL claimed that around 87% of vehicles that were using the ULEZ met the current pollution standards. It also helped small businesses and charities in scrapping or retrofitting their older vehicles in preparation for the introduction of the expansion of the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone).

It’s difficult to say for sure if there’ll be another scheme in future but it’s worth bearing in mind that these types of schemes have now existed in one form or another for well over a decade so it’s quite possible that more schemes to incentivise us all to ditch our older cars may well crop up again when this one has run its course.

What does TfL now recommend as an alternative to car ownership?

If you’re a hardcore vehicle owner and don’t want to give up your four-wheeled companion, it’s not good news. TfL recommends walking, riding a bike, using public transport, forming a “car club” or replacing your car with one that’s compliant. Of course, for the last option, you’ll have to foot the bill yourself if you don’t qualify for the London Car Scrappage Scheme in 2024.

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