In advance of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) being introduced in London on April 8, Northgate, the UK’s largest van rental company, has announced it will be taking part in the new TfL vehicle scrappage scheme by offering a discount on 12months+ van hires.
Under the TfL Flexible Scrappage scheme, businesses can apply for a grant of £3,500 if they prove to have entered the existing Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ) 52 times in the last six months and provide a certificate of destruction for a non-compliant vehicle. Northgate’s new Scrappage Scheme Discount on hires over 12 months can make the extra cash injection go a long way. With one simple regular payment that includes all servicing, maintenance and road tax, businesses can hire a new Euro 6 compliant van to be exempt from the new ULEZ charges.
Alternatively, businesses that are registered in London and provide a certificate of destruction for a non-compliant vehicle along with a log book, can apply for a grant of £3,500 under the Scrappage and Buy/Lease option. Buying a new Euro 6 compliant van through Van Monster will ensure they rebate is well invested as the vans come with a price match, 6-month warranty, and flexible finance options.
The launch of the scrappage scheme follows ongoing calls from across the industry for help for small fleets, which are faced with the high costs of updating their vehicles. In an attempt to help micro-businesses – defined as those with fewer than 10 employees – the initiative encourages scrapping older, more polluting vans and switching to cleaner vehicles.
From 8 April, operators running vehicles that don’t meet the Euro 4 standard for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles and Euro 6 for diesel versions of these vehicles, will have to pay £12.50 a day to drive in central London. The charges will apply 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
Kathleen Whittam, Head of Strategic Accounts of Northgate Vehicle Hire said, “Having cleaner air in our cities is of paramount importance for all our futures. For London-based businesses, we also understand the impact that ULEZ could have on running costs. We’re delighted to be supporting the ground-breaking scrappage scheme designed to help businesses run compliant vehicles, through offering an exclusive ‘scrappage scheme discount’ on our van hire solutions, alongside offers on our Euro 6 vans available for purchase. This will enable eligible businesses to keep moving forwards without downtime.”