Request ID: FOI-2445-2223 Date published: 23 January 2023
‘Following your email is there any way you can provide information about the 15% of people without a vehicle that meets the criteria for the Mayor under the freedom of information act? I wonder if they are the poorest families with the lowest income. All this while in the North they are opening a coal power station. This is just an extra tax. Can he also knowledge the impact the cost of living is having on mental health and how many lives are lost because of mental health linked to problems with money. I look forward to your response.’
Our ref: FOI-2445-2223/GH
Thank you for clarifying your request.
Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold some of the information you require.
In our public consultation last summer on expanding ULEZ, we reported that 85 per cent of vehicles seen driving in outer London already meet the ULEZ standards. 15 per cent of vehicles seen in this area did not currently meet the ULEZ standards. This has been calculated using vehicle registration data recorded by ANPR cameras, which we check against the DVLA database to check vehicle compliance with the ULEZ standards.
Although we do not have data on the income levels of the individuals linked to their vehicle registration data, as part of our work we commissioned independent consultancy conduct an Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA), which you can find here. Among other topics, this looked at the likely significant effects on low income Londoners and suggested ways to mitigate them.
As a key mitigation the Mayor is providing £110m in funding for a new scrappage scheme to support Londoners on lower incomes, disabled Londoners, charities and micro-businesses. Londoners receiving certain means-tested benefits and non-means-tested disability benefits can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to scrap their non-compliant cars or motorcycles, and more for a van or minibus. As a new feature, successful applicants can choose to receive a lower grant value and up to two free annual bus and tram passes. The scrappage scheme is due to launch on January 30 and you can find full details here.
If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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FOI Case Officer FOI Case Management Team General Counsel Transport for London