Are You a Van Driver Faced With LEZ Charges?

Low Emission Zones affecting your work? - Funding available for van drivers 

With the introduction of Low Emission Zones and charges across the country, the Government has enabled some local authorities to provide disposal grants for non-LEZ compliant vehicles. Your van could qualify. 

Scrapping your non-compliant van 

If your location's funding does not involve a specific scrappage scheme, or you decide not to apply for any of these schemes, but do have an old van you'd like to scrap, we can still help you! Get an instant quote here.  

It is important to check the conditions of your relevant scheme BEFORE you scrap your old van otherwise you may not be eligible to receive the funding. 

Electric van

Here's a summary of the help available for van drivers by Low Emission Zone city, and the best websites to visit for more information… 

Funding information by LEZ region  








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Vans in London 

London's electric van funding

London launched its low emission zone back in 2008 and introduced the UK's first ultra low emission zone in 2020. Although TfL did provide access to a  robust support fund for upgrading and replacing vans in the capital all those funds have now been allocated. If you have an existing application or you want to keep up to date on any future government-funded van scrappage schemes you can visit the dedicated TfL webpage.  

Van Schemes in Manchester   

Clean Air in Greater Manchester   

Manchester's Clean Air Zone is due to be introduced on 30 May 2022 covering much of Greater Manchester. Vans and other LGVs that don't meet emissions standards (non-compliant vehicles) will be subject to a £10 daily charge to drive in the CAZ, although a temporary exemption for vans has been announced until 31st May 2023. 

Funding to replace your van  

If you are undecided whether it's worth upgrading or replacing your van, then there is some very useful information on the Transport for Greater Manchester website that runs through your potential savings. 

For those of you interested in the grants available, Greater Manchester has increased funding support per vehicle, with vans able to access up to £4.5k towards a replacement vehicle – £1k more than initially proposed. However, while funding for eligible owners of LGVs was due to open at the end of January, this has currently been paused.
You can sign-up for updates on the Manchester Clean Air site and we would recommend registering your interest as soon as possible to secure any funding when it becomes available.

In addition to any confirmed grants for electric vans, there is an OZEV grant scheme open for the installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, which you can read more about on the government's website

Van Offers in Sheffield  

Sheffield's Clean Air Zone 

Sheffield's Clean Air Zone will become operational in late 2022. There is already a wide range of information available for van owners in terms of the funding that will be available to replace or update non-compliant vehicles. 

For now it has been confirmed that CAZ charges in Sheffield will apply to vans that do not meet Euro 6 Diesel or Euro 4 Petrol standards at a rate of £10 a day.   

Funding - grants and loans available  

The city's consultation is now closed and final funding decisions are being made. 

Options for van drivers include a grant for up to £3,500, or an interest free loan, to help you upgrade to an electric or zero emissions capable (ZEC) vehicle, paid in two instalments over a year. This will only be paid after you buy a new vehicle.

For up to date information on the funds available you can visit Sheffield City Council's Clean Air Zone webpage, you will need to scroll down to the section on vans.

Vans Schemes in Bristol  

Bristol's Clean Air Zone  

Bristol’s Clean Air Zone will be introduced in Summer 2022. Non-compliant LGVs will be charged £9 per day to drive within the zone and will only be charged once within a 24 hour period.  

Funding to upgrade your van 

£32 million has already been secured to help upgrade the category including HGVs, LGVs, taxis and private hire vehicles. To check if your vehicle would be charged, you can visit Bristol City Council's web page, which also details current information on charging.

If your vehicle would be charged, vans and larger vehicles under 3.5 tonnes may be eligible for financial support with a grant of £4,000 or a loan of up to £16,000. For more information on the financial support available you can read through Bristol's Clean Air Zone financial support webpage.

For many individuals or businesses, upgrading to a vehicle that meets the zone’s emission standards could be a cost-effective alternative to paying the charge over the longer term. You can register your interest in funding with the council now.

Van Deals in Oxford

Oxford's Pilot Zero Emission Zone  

Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council have introduced a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) in the city, starting with a small pilot area in Oxford City Centre. The area will be expanded once the councils have tested how the scheme works.

Discounts on rates for vans 

There are not currently any grants available for upgrading or replacing your van.

However, if you operate a van or LGV classed as community transport, or your business operates within the ZEZ, you can apply for a discount for driving within the zone. Simply visit the Oxford County Council website.

For all the latest information on Oxford's ZEZ and up-to-date funding information visit the local government website

Vans in Portsmouth

Portsmouth's Charging Clean Air Zone  

Portsmouth's CAZ launched at the end of November 2021. While there are many charges, all van drivers are exempt and as such no extra funding has been provided for upgrades to electric vans. For information on all of Portsmouth's CAZ exemptions we recommend visiting the Cleaner Air Portsmouth website

Van Offers in Bradford  

Breathe Better Bradford  

Bradford's Clean Air Zone launch has been postponed till Spring 2022. Once operational, it will be charging non-compliant vans and LGVs £9.00 per day for use of the new zone.  

Grants available for van upgrades in Bradford  

The Clean Air LGV Programme in Bradford has secured over £10 million in funding to supply grants for all categories of non-compliant LGVs.

2,300 grants are available for up to £4,500, to help businesses and organisations to purchase new electric vans or upgrade vehicles to meet CAZ Standards. Grants are also available towards the ongoing running of a fully electric vehicle.

All the information you need is available in the City of Bradford government website. There is also a direct link to the LGV Clean Air Zone Grant Application form.  

Ready to get a valuation for your old van?  

Once you have decided on the funding you are going to apply for and you've had confirmation you can go ahead and scrap your van, please use the form below to get a fast, no obligation valuation.  

Please submit your details below and we will contact you to confirm the price we can offer for your vehicle. You are under no obligation to accept, and the price offered is dependent on the vehicle, its condition and whether a Certificate of Destruction is required as proof of scrappage.  

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We will scrap your old van and provide you with the necessary DVLA paperwork as well as paying you a great price. All of our recycling centres are Authorised Treatment Facilities and are registered with the Environment Agency.  

Remember, it is important to check the conditions of your relevant scheme BEFORE you scrap your old van with us, otherwise you may not be eligible to receive funds.