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Ford commercial vehicle director, Steve Clary, and London Mayor Boris Johnson at the launch of the Ford LEZ scrappage scheme

Clary and the London Mayor: LEZ scrappage

Up to £3,000 trade-in rebate against a new Ford van

FORD is helping London-based customers beat the London Low Emission Zone by launching a commercial vehicle scrappage programme that will give them up to £3,000 to trade their vans for cleaner, greener commercial vehicles.

The London LEZ comes into force on January 3, 2012, and owners of older, larger vans will have to pay a £100 daily charge or risk a £500 penalty if their vehicles don’t meet the emissions targets.

The rebate applies to owners of vans that are 10 or more years old, and is available on the Ford Fiesta Van, Ford Transit Connect and the Ford Transit ranges.

The rebates are as follows:

  • Ford Fiesta Van £1,000
  • Ford Transit Connect £1,500
  • Ford Transit (Front-wheel drive) £2,000
  • Ford Transit V348 (Rear-wheel drive) £3,000

This follows the announcement by London Mayor Boris Johnson that he is joining major vehicle manufacturers to deliver financial support for van and minibus drivers affected by the tighter standards that will be applied to the LEZ.

Boris Johnson said: “I am delighted that Ford is being so supportive with its commercial vehicle scrappage scheme, allowing Londoners to trade up their vehicles to new, cleaner models. It is particularly pleasing that vans running on engines made locally in the capital are part of this package. Ford’s commitment as market leader is a fantastic contribution to my goal of a less polluted London with a great quality of life.

The LEZ initiative was introduced in 2008 to encourage the most polluting vehicle drivers in the capital, to become cleaner.  When the LEZ standards become more stringent from January, an additional 72,000 larger vans and minibuses will have to meet the lower emissions requirements designed to tackle pollution in the capital.

Ford of Britain commercial vehicle director, Steve Clary said: “Ford is pleased that, together with the Ford dealer network, it can offer van customers operating in the London area up to £3,000 discount on our latest, low-CO2 commercial vehicles. Ford is acting in advance of the new LEZ measures to ease the transition from older vans into new commercial vehicles.”

The Low Emission Zone (LEZ) operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including weekends and public and Bank Holidays and is policed by cameras that read number plates and check them against a database of registered vehicles.

 

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