London heavy vehicle scrappage scheme ends due to "unprecedented demand"


Transport for London has announced that its heavy vehicle scrappage scheme, that was only launched on 28th September, is now suspended due to "unprecedented demand and limited funds".

TfL's website says if a company has already applied to the scheme and received a confirmation of eligibility letter, it can continue to scrap its vehicle and submit your evidence to claim your grant payment.

Commenting, Denise Beedell, policy manager for vans and urban at Logistics UK said: “Logistics UK welcomed the introduction of the heavy vehicle scrappage scheme in September 2020 as it would help businesses prepare their fleets for the tightening of the London Low Emission Zone in March 2021.

"The fact that allocated funding for the scheme has run out so soon after its launch due to high demand demonstrates the real determination from logistics businesses to transition to cleaner vehicles and upgrade their fleets in time. We hope that government will support Transport for London with additional funding to extend the scheme or consider alternative options to help those due to be hit hardest by the air quality scheme, including businesses based within the London-wide Low Emission Zone area and operators of specialist vehicles.”