Convoy of Ulez scrappage scheme vehicles arrives in Ukraine from London

More than 100 vehicles have been donated to Ukraine through the Ulez programme

Joe Middleton
Tuesday 21 May 2024 09:31 BST
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A convoy of 20 vehicles donated to Ukraine through London’s Ulez scrappage scheme arrived.

More than 100 vehicles have been donated to the war-torn country through the Ulez programme since it began from 15 March - with around half being taken to the eastern European country.

British-Ukrainian Aid (BUAID), which is operating the scheme with Transport for London (TfL), said the vehicles will be used for humanitarian and medical purposes during Ukraine’s conflict with Russia. BUAID said a further 13 vehicles are en route to Ukraine.

The Ulez area was expanded by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to include the whole of the capital in August last year, making it the world’s largest pollution-charging area.

People who drive in the zone in a vehicle that does not meet minimum emissions standards are required to pay a £12.50 daily fee.

A £160 million scheme run by TfL enables residents, small businesses, sole traders and charities scrapping non-compliant cars to claim grants.

More than 100 vehicles have been donated under the scheme
More than 100 vehicles have been donated under the scheme (Nick Turpin/TFL/PA Wire)

For a scrapped vehicle to be sent to Ukraine through the programme, it must serve a function such as assisting with medical aid or evacuating people from dangerous areas.

A BUAID spokesperson said: “We remain enormously grateful for the support given to us by the Mayors of London and Kyiv, and by our many partners, supporters and donors.

“Vehicles that would have gone to scrap are saving lives in Ukraine, and we know that every one of them is valued and valuable.

“It is great to see people showing the Dunkirk spirit that Churchill talked about in World War Two, making transport available to those under threat from a ruthless enemy.”

TfL’s head of transport strategy and planning Lucy Hayward-Speight said: “The scrappage scheme has provided support for people to make the green transition alongside the London-wide Ulez being introduced.

“As well as helping to clean up the capital’s toxic air, Londoners are also demonstrating their concern for others by choosing to provide vital aid for those in the most unimaginable circumstances in Ukraine.

“We would encourage anyone eligible to donate their vehicle if they can.”

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