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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.
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.
3. You must have owned the vehicle for at least 12 months with no outstanding finance.
4. You must be in receipt of specific means-tested benefits (eligible benefits are listed below). If you are unsure, or believe you are eligible for a benefit but need help accessing it, a Home Energy Scotland advisor will be able to help.
List of eligible benefits:
Child Tax Credit
Council Tax Benefit (excluding 25 per cent discount)
Disability Living Allowance
Employment and Support Allowance
Income-based Job Seeker Allowance
Personal Independence Payment
Working Tax Credit
5. The Low Emission Zone Support Fund cannot be used in conjunction with Transport Scotland’s Electric Vehicle Loan. This is a standalone fund, and the applicant must not apply for the Electric Vehicle Loan within six months following grant payment from the Low Emission Zone Support Fund. In addition, the applicant must not have received funding from this programme six months prior to applying.
6. Funding is available for one eligible vehicle per property.
If you are eligible for the Low Emission Zone Support Fund, you are also entitled to further funding support towards sustainable travel measures. See the ‘Travel Better funding’ section for more information.
If you wish to apply for this funding, you MUST NOT scrap your vehicle until you have received a grant offer letter from Energy Saving Trust confirming your eligibility.
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
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.