London motorists looking to ditch dirty cars and replace them with more efficient models to avoid the Ultra Low Emission Zone in the capital can now get £2,000 off a new Ford when they trade in their old banger.
The car maker – and best-selling brand in Britain – has announced a new UK-wide scrappage scheme to help drivers replace polluting vehicles as insiders claim there’s been a huge rise in demand for low-emission models following the introduction of ULEZ on April 8.
Ford’s deal comes as Londoners wait for an update on the £25million scrappage scheme for ‘low income families’ promised by Sadiq Khan in February, which has yet to materialise.
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Ford’s scheme launched today and offers a £2,000 saving on selected models in the range – both passenger vehicles and vans.
While previous schemes ran by manufacturers over 12 months ago didn’t always scrap the cars being traded in – instead selling them on as second-hand models – Ford has committed to removing all older vehicles from the network.
The deal, which runs until 30 September 2019, is only eligible to those with cars registered before 31 December 2012, though Ford will accept models from all brands and not just its own.
These vehicles will be scrapped at an Authorised Treatment Facility and a Certificate of Destruction will be issued by Ford.
According to the manufacturer, the last scheme – which expired at the end of March 2018 – removed 25,500 older cars from the road and also helped to boost dwindling registrations experienced across the industry.
Eligibility for Ford scrappage scheme
Any make of passenger vehicle or commercial vehicle is eligible for the Ford scrappage scheme provided it was registered on or before December 31, 2012, and must have been owned by the customer for 90 days or more before scrapping.
Ford passenger vehicles included in the deal are:
– Fiesta (not Trend, Zetec or ST models)
– Focus (not ST models)
– Tourneo Connect, Courrier & Custom
The scrappage saving can also be used against the purchase of Ford commercial vehicles (excluding Transit Connect and Ranger Raptor).
‘To help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the use of our vehicles, we are committed to making more efficient, lower-impact vehicles and technologies accessible at scale,’ said Andy Barratt, managing director for Ford of Britain.
‘Our new scrappage scheme not only helps to remove some of the oldest vehicles from the parc, but also introduces customers to the latest fuel-efficient technologies,’ he added.
The timing of the scheme is ideal for many car owners looking ditch their older models to avoid ULEZ fees and potential future surcharges across Britain.
Clean Air Zones have been proposed across a number of cities and most recently Bristol has confirmed it is considering a ban on diesel cars entering the centre.
According to car buying site carwow, demand for hybrid and electric cars increased dramatically in the first month on ULEZ being in force in the capital.
It said alternatively-fuelled model searches were up by 123 per cent in London and 56 per cent in the rest of the UK by the end of May.
‘With the dramatic rise in interest suggesting that the introduction of ULEZ on 8 April and subsequent discussions surrounding the daily charges of older vehicles has incentivised Londoners to look to invest in a more environmentally friendly model for their next car purchase,’ the website said.
The UK’s best-selling car, the Fiesta (pictured), is eligible for the scheme. Buyers will get £2,000 off if they hand over their older dirty cars
The offer is open to trucks like the Ranger (pictured) and Ford some commercial vehicles
However, while searches for the latest green cars are high and manufacturers offer their own deals, details of the £25million scrappage scheme in London confirmed by Sadiq Khan in February have yet to surface.
The Mayor of London said a Transport for London scheme would help ‘low income’ families living in the capital purchase cleaner new vehicles that are eligible to avoid the £12.50 daily ULEZ charge.
Some 2.5million cars owned by Londoners are said to too dirty to avoid the tax that’s due to be extended between the North and South Circular Road from October 2021, which could see motorists in the capital charged £87.50 a week – or £4,550 a year – to use their motors.
This is Money contacted TfL for an update on the private vehicle scrappage scheme promised five months ago.
A spokesman told us there have been no further updates, however there are still plans for it to be available from later this year.
Sadiq Khan promised a ULEZ scrappage scheme for ‘low income’ London families back in February, though there has been no update on when this is likely to be introduced
Transport for London estimates that between 2.4m and 2.5m vehicles registered to keepers in the capital – including cars, vans, motorbikes, lorries, buses and coaches – are too old to avoid the daily ULEZ charge in the centre of the London, which is being extended to the North and South Circular Road in 2021
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