Classic cars could be 'scrapped' ahead of Sadiq Khan’s ULEZ expansion

Classic cars could be 'scrapped' ahead of Sadiq Khan’s ULEZ expansion

The new updates would see the current ULEZ expanded to an extra 140,000 motorists at the end of October. The scheme will cover roads between the North and South Circular Roads with drivers charged £12.50 per day to drive a heavy polluting vehicle.

He said: “I use it on a weekly basis and it just won’t make sense to pay £12.50 a time to drive it.

“I have another car, a Range Rover, which I could use instead but I think I will change the Bentley for something older that’s exempt.

“I’m lucky that I can afford to do this, but a lot of people won’t be able to.

“It’s also sad as I think this will be like when the scrappage scheme was introduced, and a lot of historic cars were scrapped because owners were given an incentive.”

“I would say that at least 30 to 40 per cent of our cars will be caught in the ULEZ zone now and I know some people have decided to change their fleets, getting rid of the cars that don’t comply.”

Jude Currie, a 19-year-old car enthusiast has toured London offering to buy classics before they are sold for scrap.

He said: “At the end of last year in Greenwich, I saved a 1995 Hyundai Elantra. It was one of seven left on the roads.

“And I managed to save it for scrap value because it just failed an MOT and the owner didn’t see the point of getting the work done to pass because he had to sell it this year anyway, because of ULEZ.

However, historic vehicles aged 40 years of age will be exempt from the new charge.

The newly re-elected London mayor said he has an “overwhelming mandate” to press ahead with his green initiatives.

Transport for London said the new ULEZ extension will improve air quality across the capital.

They said any money received from the ULEZ will be reinvested to improve the transport network and further improve air quality.

Published at Sat, 15 May 2021 13:56:00 +0000