Despite the imminent price hike, hardly a third of London ULEZ scrap reimbursements are given.
Only a third of Londoners who requested support from Transport for London to scrap their car ahead of car tax increases have received a payment.
On a first-come, first-served basis, grants of £2,000 for vehicles and £1,000 for motorcycles or mopeds are being granted. This comes as TfL prepares to boost auto tax rates as part of the city’s Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in an effort to reduce pollution.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, set aside £61 million for low-income and disabled residents, small companies, and charities.
This is to assist them in scrapping gasoline and diesel automobiles that violate the ULEZ emission regulations.
On October 25, the zone will be expanded from Central London to the inner boundaries of the North and South circular highways.
Non-compliant vehicle drivers will be charged a £12.50-per-day fee.
TfL had received 16,089 applications by Monday last week, according to figures from the Standard.
Despite this, there have only been 5,348 payments paid.
It was also revealed that historic cars manufactured prior to 1973 will be exempt from the ULEZ car tax.
Several car aficionados expressed fear that they would be unable to comply.
According to a TfL representative, some applicants did not claim the money right away, resulting in an almost 1,300-case backlog.
They also revealed that by the end of last week, 6,630 of the 16,089 applications for grants to encourage Londoners to trash non-compliant automobiles, motorcycles, or mopeds had been approved.
More than half of the applications were turned down, owing to a lack of evidence of ineligible automobiles.
Around £9.3 million has been awarded in various scrappage awards, resulting in the removal of around 10,000 automobiles from the road.
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TfL anticipates that 100,000 automobiles will be need to pay the 24/7 levy on an average day in the zone.
A total of 35,000 vans and 3,000 lorries will be required to pay as well.
The ULEZ restrictions are anticipated to be followed only by diesel vehicles registered since 2015 and petrol vehicles registered since 2005.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has been chastised by Peter Fortune, the deputy leader of the Greater London Authority Conservatives.
“The Mayor’s unwillingness to adequately support TfL’s scrappage initiatives is harming our capital’s… efforts to combat air pollution,” he said.
Low-emission zones are being established. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”