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Low Emission Zone Support Fund for households

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Energy Saving Trust is offering households, within a 20km radius of the low emission zones, up to £3,000 towards the safe disposal of non-compliant vehicles.

The Scottish Government is introducing low emission zones across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee between February and May 2022. Low emission zones set minimum emission standards on roads within specific areas, allowing penalty-free access to only the cleanest vehicles to improve air quality.

For more information, please visit our dedicated low emission zone webpage.

About the Low Emission Zone Support Fund for households

The Low Emission Zone Support Fund, funded by Transport Scotland and administered by Energy Saving Trust, offers an incentive for low-income households to take older, more polluting vehicles off the road.

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to incentivise the disposal of non-compliant vehicles:

  • £2,000 is available to eligible households who dispose of their non-compliant vehicle with a Scottish authorised treatment facility. The applicant must live close to a proposed Scottish low emission zone and be in receipt of specific means-tested benefits.
  • Travel Better incentives of up to £500 will also be made available for each adult in the household. A maximum of £1,000 per household applies.

For more information, please read our Low Emission Zone Support Fund leaflet for households.

How to apply

To apply to the Low Emission Zone Support Fund for households, please review the eligibility criteria below and contact your local Home Energy Scotland centre on freephone 0808 808 2282.

You MUST NOT scrap your vehicle until you have received a grant offer letter from Energy Saving Trust confirming your eligibility, otherwise you will not be eligible for funding.

Travel Better funding

If you successfully claim the Low Emission Zone Support Fund and choose to move towards sustainable travel modes, we can reimburse you and one other adult in your household up to £500 each (maximum of £1,000 per household, no more than two applicants).

Eligible travel measures include:

Applicants can apply for a combination of any of the above measures with the value of £80 up to the £500 cap. If the cost of measures exceeds £500, you will need to cover these additional costs yourself.

For applicants looking to purchase an electric bike, outstanding costs can be covered by Energy Saving Trust’s eBike Loan (up to £3,000).

Items which are NOT eligible for the Travel Better grant include:

  • cars, mopeds, motor bikes or any other form of motorised transport
  • electric scooters, scooters, skateboards, hoverboards
  • forms of public transport not mentioned above, ie flights, ferries or taxis
  • one off, day, or weekly public transport tickets

For more information please read our Travel Better leaflet.

Information to help you travel better

Cycling UK’s Cycle Repair Scheme voucher.

Bike hire and share schemes available:

For information on public transport services available, please visit Traveline Scotland.

Car clubs available:

Further support available:

This support fund is available to help applicants save money and avoid low emission zone penalties by moving away from non-compliant vehicles. We expect applicants to replace the scrapped vehicle with sustainable travel options, choosing to travel better where possible. We expect applicants who plan to purchase another vehicle to replace the scrapped vehicle with one that meets the low emission zone standards, therefore avoiding future penalties and helping to improve local air quality.

View information and eligibility on the Low Emission Zone Support Fund for Businesses.

Energy Saving Trust is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This fund is subject to availability and terms and conditions terms and conditions apply.

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Last updated: 14 December 2021