What is the Scrappage Scheme?


With the looming Ultra Low Emission Zone(ULEZ) expansion due to hit the city of London on the 25th October 2021, there is growing pressure on Londoners to meet the strict emissions standards. Throw in a global pandemic, and everyone’s purse strings are feeling tighter than ever.

Since the scheme initially started in April 2019, daily costs have hit an all-time high to live and work in the city. To alleviate the stress of upgrading your vehicle, TfL (Transport for London) have tried to ease the financial strain with a generous Scrappage Scheme

Here’s what the Scrappage Scheme looks like in a nutshell:

Who can apply?

Like all government schemes, not everyone makes the final cut. Before you can even apply for the Scrappage Scheme grant, you need to check your eligibility. 

To receive the grant, you have to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Live within one of the 32 London boroughs or the City of London
  • Receive certain means-tested and/or non-means-tested disability benefits 
  • Your vehicle doesn’t meet the ULEZ emissions standards

So if you are receiving Universal Credit, Carer’s Allowance, Child Tax Credit, or Working Tax Credit, you can apply. Check the TfL website for the extensive list. 

What does the grant cover?

Essentially, two payments are available under the scheme for you to purchase a ULEZ compliant vehicle

  • To scrap a motorcycle or moped – £1,000
  • To scrap a car – £2,000

As the scheme is in place to upgrade your vehicle, it’s worth doing some research ahead of the game to get the most for your money.

Before applying, your vehicle must be DVLA registered to you or someone who lives at your address. It also must have been owned by the applicant for more than 12 months, before the 23rd of October 2019. Your vehicle must be insured, taxed and up to date with its MOT. 

What do I need to apply?

First off, you will need to present evidence of your eligibility. This will need to include documents about your current vehicle and the benefits you receive. 

Proof of ownership

The TfL requires you to submit the following up-to-date information about your vehicle:

  • V5C logbook – registration document
  • Insurance certificate
  • MOT certificate

For those applying for a vehicle registered under the name of someone who lives at your address, you will need to provide evidence that they live with you. This can be a bank statement, driving license or utility bill. Make sure that it has their name and both of your registered addresses on the document. 

Proof of benefits

Along with your proof of vehicle ownership, you will need to submit the following up-to-date information about any benefits you claim:

  • Your most recent rewards letter (within the last 12 months) 


  • You can screenshot your full Universal Credit service statement

If your documents do not include your address, you will need to submit proof with either a bank statement, utility bill or your driving license. 

Create a London road user charging account

While submitting your application, you can create a London road user charging account. The account holder must be the named benefit recipient and match the address of your benefit proof and vehicle ownership proof. 

The application is pretty straightforward, as it only has two stages:

  1. Create your online application and submit via TfL. Here you will submit the information and evidence detailed above. Applications can take up to 10 days before you receive confirmation of your grant
  2. Approval and scrappage. Once your application has been approved, you can scrap your vehicle at an authorised treatment facility. There you will receive a Certificate of Destruction that you will need to return to the TfL to receive your grant

Other vehicles that are included in the scheme

Vans and minibuses

The scrappage scheme also covers vans and minibuses with a grant of between £7,000 – £9,500. 

At the time of writing, van applications are currently suspended due to unprecedented demand and limited funds. If you have already submitted your application and received your eligibility letter, you can continue to scrap your vehicle and submit your evidence to receive your grant. 

Heavy vehicles

Like the limited funds and high demands for the van scrappage scheme, there is currently a suspension on applying for the heavy vehicle grant of £15,000. This includes ULEZ non-compliant HGVs, buses, coaches and minibuses over 5 tonnes GVW, vans and other specialist vehicles over 3.5 tonnes GVW. 

Again, if you have already applied and received your eligibility letter, you can continue to scrap your vehicle and submit your evidence to receive your grant payment. 

Ready to upgrade your vehicle? Make your application today to stay ahead of the looming ULEZ expansion on the 25th October 2021. 

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