Transport for London have today announced a scrappage scheme paying £2,000 for older cars and £1,000 for motorbikes.
The scheme is to combat opposition to the Ultra-Low Emission Zone and schemes such as Silvertown Tunnel which will greatly increase congestion – according to TfL themselves. This scheme may see fewer emissions but does not aim to reduce vehicle numbers on the road.
Nice if you can get it – but is this the best way to spend £25 million? The poorest Londoners can’t even afford a car. Yours truly included after paying rent and high living and transport costs in London.
And this is being offered while bus cuts are ongoing. Earlier in 2019 the 486 serving QE Hospital saw sizable cuts in frequency. Other routes across London have been reduced. The 161 serving QE Hospital also saw cuts in frequency implemented in 2018.
New routes do occasionally start like the 335 this weekend, but that’s offset by chipping away frequencies at numerous other routes. The 472 is due to see cuts though ongoing Crossrail delays have hindered that intention.
Would £25 million not be better spent on helping the most vulnerable and poorest? Those people already lack a car. Would more people on public transport be a better way to spend scant funds on reducing emissions?