Cash incentives to help businesses prepare for Low Emission Zones
Drivers and local businesses in Scotland can now apply for cash incentives to replace polluting vehicles ahead of the arrival of Low Emission Zones mid-2022.
The schemes in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen, which build on the existing bus-only scheme in Glasgow, were due to go live in 2020 but have been pushed back some two years due to the pandemic.
Ahead of their arrival – and marking a government commitment to restart the work on LEZs – a new scheme has launched, offering cash incentives and Travel Better vouchers for the removal of non-compliant vehicles.
Administered by Energy Saving Trust, the £2m LEZ Mobility Fund is aimed at individual drivers and micro-businesses and is means-tested.
The scheme provides households with a grant of £2,000 to incentivise removal of a non-compliant vehicle. Secondly, the fund will offer up to two £500 mobility grants or Travel Better vouchers to purchase a bike, e-bike or public transport voucher.
For micro-businesses, the fund provides a flat incentive of £2,500 per car or van to remove a non-compliant vehicle, replace it with a compliant vehicle, or to invest in an alternative mode of transport such as an e-cargo bike.
In addition, £1m is again being made available in 2020/21 to support the retrofitting of light goods vehicles, heavy goods vehicles and taxis through the LEZ Retrofitting Fund for micro-businesses.
Transport secretary Michael Matheson said: “Low Emission Zones are required to protect public health and improve air quality in our city centres, but the transition in our four biggest cities must happen in a fair and a just way. The LEZ Mobility Fund will provide immediate assistance to households and businesses that are most impacted by the anticipated emission standards – and that will be enforced sometime after 2022.”
For more details on the scheme, visit the Energy Saving Trust website.