- Only 461 of 24,500 vehicles in London meet capital emissions standards
London motorists are facing a shortage of ULEZ approved cars as new data reveals that fewer than one in 50 “affordable” cars are on sale.
According to research by Auto Trader, only 461 of the 24,500 vehicles on sale in Greater London meet capital emissions standards and are affordably priced at less than £2,000.
From August 2023, drivers of older, polluting diesel cars will be subject to a daily driving charge of £12.50 as part of the plan to reduce air pollution in London.
And although Transport for London assured drivers before its rollout that they did not need to “purchase a new vehicle as affordable and compatible vehicles are available”, this latest research would suggest that is not the case.
Only 461 of the 24,500 vehicles on sale in Greater London meet capital emissions standards and are affordably priced at under £2,000, according to research by Auto Trader.
Demand for second-hand cars in Britain soared ahead of the introduction of ULEZ, pushing the average advertised price up to £17,880, compared to just £13,600 in February 2020, an increase of 32 per cent.
Ian Plummer, commercial director at AutoTrader, said: ‘For those on a tight budget, there remain few affordable vehicle options in London six months after the introduction of the expanded ULEZ zone.
“With fewer than 500 cars on sale below the £2,000 limit of the Mayor’s scrappage scheme, many could face the unpleasant choice of paying up to £3,000 in ULEZ fees or being forced off the road altogether.”
Furthermore, only 917 (3.7 percent) of the 24,500 vehicles listed on the online marketplace did not meet the ULEZ requirements.
Furthermore, only 917 (3.7%) of the 24,500 vehicles listed on the online market did not meet the ULEZ requirements.
While TfL has launched a £110m scrappage scheme to offer financial support to those getting rid of their old, polluting cars, it is offering a paltry £2,000 to drivers who scrap their engines.
The scheme is also only available to those living within London’s 32 boroughs and people can only apply if they receive certain low income or disability benefits.
It was estimated that there were around 200,000 non-compliant vehicles in London when the new legislation came into force.
Susan Hall, the Conservative mayoral candidate, has run her campaign with a strong focus against ULEZ, which she vows to eliminate if elected in May.
She said: ‘Sadiq Khan’s new £12.50 a day ULEZ tax has been absolutely devastating for people who cannot afford to go to work, go to hospital or visit family.
“It is people on lower incomes who are more likely to own non-compliant cars and be affected by this tax. And despite the mayor’s rhetoric, his own independent impact assessment concluded that it would do virtually nothing to improve air quality.’