Many businesses ‘won’t be compliant’ under new car tax changes set to launch next week

Sadiq Khan outlines why ULEZ has come into force in London

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Raising the issue at Mayor’s Question Time last week, Mr Prince said the “real issue” with London’s new ULEZ expansion would be with “ferrying goods”. He said there would be a “number of businesses” that “won’t be compliant” when the Mr Khan’s new system comes into effect on October 25.

Keith Prince said: “You will be expanding the ULEZ which is going to be 18 times the size of it at the moment.

“This is going to be very difficult, especially on those that cannot afford to replace their vehicles.”

He added: “The real issue we have at the moment is around getting goods to and from suppliers.

“On the date [of the ULEZ expansion] a number of vehicles that do that ferrying of goods will become non-compliant.

“I have in the past raised with you this issue that there are a number of businesses that won’t be compliant when this comes in.”

Mr Prince then claimed the scrappage scheme for commercial vehicles had recently run out of money.

He said: “If you can find some money for private people… could you not find some funding for commercial vehicles as well so we can keep London moving?”

Mr Khan replied he had increased the amount available in the scrappage scheme three times ”without any help from the Government”.

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He hit back at the claims, suggesting supply issues were down to Government issues such as Brexit and the recent HGV shortages.

Later in Mayor’s Question Time, Mr Khan warned the scrappage scheme had already taken thousands of vehicles off the road.

He said: “I’m pleased to have introduced a scrappage scheme to help Londonders scrap their old, more polluting vehicles ahead of the Ultra Low Emissions Zone expansion on 25 October.

“In total, these schemes have already helped remove more than 12,000 vehicles from the road including more than 6,700 cars, over 5,200 vans, over 100 HGVs and 20 coaches.”

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