The shared transport charity CoMoUK has welcomed the introduction of an ULEZ scrappage scheme in London.
CoMoUK (Collaborative Mobility UK), says that shared transport options like bike hire, shared e-scooters, and car clubs will be a pivotal role in London’s mobility landscape, as the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is due to be expanded later this year.
As the ULEZ, an area where drivers of some polluting vehicles have to pay a daily charge, will be extended to cover the whole of Greater London from August, the mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a £110 million scrappage scheme to help motorists replace their non-compliant vehicles.
Currently, the ULEZ covers the area of London inside the South and North circular roads, with drivers of some petrol and most older diesel vehicles required to pay a £12.50 daily charge for even short journeys in the zone.
Richard Dilks, chief executive of CoMoUK, said: “The forthcoming expansion of the ultra low emission zone is a perfect fit with shared transport options such as car clubs, bike hire and e-scooter share schemes alongside public transport, walking, wheeling and cycling generally.
“Shared transport is the key that unlocks ways for Londoners to step away from private car ownership.
“It is welcome that the mayor is providing incentives to reduce the reliance on private cars, which will help cut transport emissions, save people money, and clean up London’s air.
“Car clubs, bike hire and e-scooters all offer ways of travelling around London that are kinder to both the environment and people’s bank accounts.”
CoMoUK is a national charity dedicated to the promotion of shared modes of transport, working with public, private, and third sector organisations to conduct research and advise public authorities on sustainable transport options.