Drivers out of pocket resulting from ‘overwhelmed’ ULEZ scrappage scheme

Londoners making the most of town’s ULEZ scrappage scheme are being held up from getting their money and deciding whether or not they’ll purchase a substitute automotive, studies recommend.

In August Transport for London (TfL) launched a £160m scrappage scheme to coincide with the Extremely Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) increasing throughout all London boroughs, to assist eligible London residents scrap automobiles that don’t meet the ULEZ emissions requirements.

Residents can apply for as much as £2,000 for scrapping a automotive or as much as £1,000 for scrapping a motorbike, which some could determine to place in direction of shopping for a ULEZ compliant Euro4 petrol automotive or Euro6 diesel.

Now it’s claimed that the scrappage system is ‘overwhelmed’, with some residents telling the BBC they’re struggling to pay money for the Certificates of Destruction required for them to assert the grant, resulting from automobile recycling vegetation being filled with automobiles.

It could possibly be irritating information for used automotive sellers throughout London, a few of whom have been growing shares of reasonably priced ULEZ compliant older used automobiles to cater for individuals who’ve used the scheme.

The BBC studies that some scrappage candidates have been ready greater than six weeks to get their grant.

In response, a spokesperson for TfL mentioned: “We apologise if anybody’s scrappage utility is taking too lengthy, and we’re working onerous to make sure that everyone seems to be responded to as shortly as doable. Forward of the ULEZ scrappage scheme increasing to all Londoners with a non-compliant automotive or motorbike, we elevated our useful resource to cope with the quantity of functions. 

“We’re aiming to just accept or decline scrappage functions inside 10 working days. Now we have a strong course of in place to confirm the paperwork we obtain as a part of our measures to protect in opposition to fraud. 

“The appliance course of can take longer if we have to undertake further verification procedures, akin to additional checks to the required paperwork.“


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