News round-up: London van scrappage, VW/Ford tie-up, Toyota small van

London van scrappage scheme announced

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a scrappage scheme that is designed to help small businesses trade in their old vans for new ones.

The initial fund of £23m will be used to help take older, higher-polluting vans off the road and replace them with new ones. It is restricted to small businesses with fewer than 10 employees.

It will be in place ahead of the new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) that kicks in from 8 April. Under the new ULEZ, drivers of diesel vans that don’t meet the latest Euro6 standards will pay £12.50 a day to enter central London, on top of the regular C-charge.

It is not yet clear how much each business will get for a van, or whether there will be a restriction on how much cash they can apply for.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Air pollution is a national health crisis that is stunting the lung development of our children and leading to thousands of premature deaths. To truly get a grip on our air we need to take action to rid our city of the most polluting vehicles.

“I’m determined to take real action, which is why I’ve already delivered the Toxicity Charge in central London for the oldest polluting vehicles, cleaned up our bus fleet, and brought forward the Ultra-Low Emission Zone. My scrappage scheme is my next step in tackling pollution.”

Some manufacturers included vans as part of their own scrappage schemes earlier in 2018, but this is the first time that a single city has had its own trade-in offer.

 

VW/FORD TIE-UP CONFIRMED

Ford and Volkswagen have confirmed that they will jointly develop a new range of light commercial vehicles, with Ford engineering larger vans and medium-sized pick-ups for both brands, with the latter coming in 2022, while Volkswagen will be in charge of a new city van.

 

TOYOTA PLANS SMALL VAN

Toyota has confirmed plans to release a small van, with the new model to be a rebranded version of the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner. It is set to be released at the end of 2019, and will be the second commercial vehicle that Toyota has released as a result of it partnership with the PSA Group.