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News from Caroline Russell: Mayor commits to ‘green travel credit’ scrappage deal

14 February 2019

Extra money for scrappage and a promise that ‘green transport’ options will be in the deal was welcomed by Caroline Russell today, who proposed the idea that Londoners should be able to trade old cars for green options like public transport travel cards.

Caroline suggested to the Mayor, in September 2017, that any scrappage scheme should include financial help to scrap diesel cars in exchange for alternatives such as public transport season tickets, car club membership, bicycles, e-bikes and electric scooters.[1]

She also put forward an amendment to the Mayor’s budget in January 2019 urging him to make more money available  to help Londoners transition to the new expanded ultra low emission zones, which comes into force in seven weeks. 

Although full details have not been announced the Mayor has promised scrappage not just for people to get cleaner vehicles but ‘greener forms of transport’ too.

Caroline Russell said:

I really welcome the Mayor’s announcement today and am glad to see he is sensibly offering people alternatives to cars in the scrappage scheme.

We all know that the only way to really clean up our air and declog our roads is to get people out of cars – and help them onto alternatives. 

Simply swapping cars for cleaner vehicles doesn’t help cut the congestion clogging up our city or reduce the danger on our roads. People switching to public transport, bikes, e-bikes and car clubs means fewer cars on our streets, making them less hostile places to walk and cycle.I will also be pushing the Mayor to plan extra funding for community groups who need more help to upgrade their vehicles.

Caroline Russell also asked the Mayor to help schools and charities beat air pollution by setting up a £15m fund to help not-for-profit organisations upgrade old, polluting minibuses with replacement clean vehicles, in her budget amendment in January this year.[2] 

Notes to editors

Editors’ notes:

Caroline is available for interview.

[1] Diesel Scrappage Scheme, MQ 2017/3598, Do you agree that a diesel scrappage scheme for London should not be limited to people who wish to replace one car with another, but should also include financial help to scrap diesel cars in exchange for alternatives such as public transport season tickets, car club membership, bicycles, e-bikes and electric scooters?
https://www.london.gov.uk/questions/2017/3598 

[2] News from Caroline Russell: Mayor must help schools and charities beat air pollution, Jan 2019
https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/assembly/caroline-russell/schoo...
Caroline Russell was elected as a Green member of the London Assembly in May 2016. She has been an Islington councillor since 2014.