FOI request detail

ULEZ Scrappage Scheme Data

Request ID: FOI-0884-2324
Date published: 20 July 2023

You asked

I would like to see the full data set of vehicles scrapped or approved to be scrapped to date. The data should be comprehensive and be broken down into vehicle manufacturer, model, engine type/size/fuel (to name a few). I believe this should be readily available given the requirements for application for the scheme.

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-0884-2324
 
Thank you for your request which we received on 22 June 2023, asking for information about the scrappage scheme.
 
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) and our information access policy.  I can confirm that we hold the information you require. You specifically asked:
 
I would like to see the full data set of vehicles scrapped or approved to be scrapped to date. The data should be comprehensive and be broken down into vehicle manufacturer, model, engine type/size/fuel (to name a few).
 
As of 25 June 2023 a total of 8,973 vehicles have been scrapped or approved to be scrapped. For more information about the current £110m scrappage scheme funded by the Mayor of London to provide financial assistance to help eligible Londoners scrap their highest polluting vehicles to prepare for the expansion of the ULEZ across all London boroughs, please see the published scrappage scheme Fact Sheet which is updated on regular basis.
 
Unfortunately, to provide the additional break down you asked for would take an excessive amount of staff time and resources. As we are not able to report on this, we would have to manually open and check all 9081 records and extract the further details. Therefore, this part of your request is being refused under regulation 12(4)(b) of the EIRs on the grounds that it is “manifestly unreasonablebecause locating, extracting and collating this additional information would impose unreasonable costs on us and require an unreasonable diversion of resources. However, more detailed analysis will be available in an evaluation report that will be published once the scrappage scheme has closed.
 
The use of this exception is subject to a public interest test, which requires us to consider whether the public interest in applying the exception outweighs the public interest in disclosure. We recognise that the release of information would promote accountability and transparency in public services. However, the time it would take to provide the information you have requested would divert a disproportionate amount of our resources from its core functions and on balance we consider that the public interest currently favours the use of the exception.
 
We will consider your request again, if you are able to narrow its scope so that we can more easily locate, retrieve and extract the information you are seeking. If you have specific questions we will be happy to consider those.
 
If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Eva Hextall
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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