Car shortages as drivers try to avoid ULEZ charges

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Motorists trying to avoid charges for driving in the expanded ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) face a shortage of cheap, used, exempt cars.

Petrol and diesel vehicles that meet requirements cost £15,000 and £19,991 on average in the capital, found AutoTrader. It said low earners will be hardest hit.

There are just 5,150 suitable cars costing £5,000 or less, found the online marketplace – used by about four out of five UK vehicle retailers. London mayor Sadiq Khan is expanding ULEZ to cover the whole of the capital from August 29 to boost air quality, with a £12.50 daily fee for vehicles not meeting minimum standards.

A spokeswoman for the mayor said the move is ‘absolutely necessary’ to reduce deaths from ‘toxic air’. She highlighted a £110million scrappage scheme that offers £2,000 for people on low income or disability benefits whose cars do not meet standards.

But Erin Baker, of AutoTrader, said: ‘When the average price of a used car is £18,000, a £2,000 scrappage scheme is a drop in the ocean.’

Nicholas Lyes, of the RAC, said the mayor ‘should consider a more generous scrappage scheme or a means tested TfL-backed discounted leasing scheme’ for those using cars daily.

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