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Centre for London response to scrappage scheme for polluting vans

Welcoming the Mayor of London’s announcement of a scrappage scheme for vans, Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London said:

“The Mayor’s move to support small businesses to scrap their older, more polluting vehicles is an important step towards cleaning up London’s air. Ahead of the introduction of the ULEZ, we support the call on government to match this funding to help low-income Londoners to scrap their vehicles.

“But to really tackle London’s toxic air and to manage competing demands on road space, we need to reduce the overall number of vehicles on our roads – not just switch to less polluting ones.

“This will require a comprehensive package of policy reforms. This package should include reforming and extending road pricing, supporting micro-consolidation and last-mile delivery capacity, and investing in public transport, and measures to promote walking and cycling.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

  • Last year, the independent Commission on the Future of London’s Roads and Streets, convened by Centre for London, called for the Mayor to introduce a cashback scrappage scheme as part of the ULEZ.
  • The Commission’s final report Street Smarts: Report of the Commission of the Future of London’s Roads and Streets can be found here.