‘Dunkirk spirit’: convoy of Ulez scrappage scheme vehicles arrives in Ukraine from London | Ukraine

Twenty vehicles donated to Ukraine through London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ules) scrapping scheme arrived over the weekend, the charity said.

More than 100 vehicles have been donated to Ukraine since the Urez program was approved on March 15, and about half have been delivered so far.

British Ukraine Aid (BUAID), which runs the scheme in partnership with Transport for London (TfL), said a further 13 vehicles were on their way to Ukraine to be used for medical and humanitarian purposes.

Ukraine is short of vehicles, particularly near the front line, where cars and vans are being used to transport wounded from battlefields and medical facilities to hospitals. London’s plan has been backed by Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko.

The Ures area was expanded by London Mayor Sadiq Khan in August 2023 to include the entire capital, making it the world’s largest pollution charge area. Anyone driving within the zone in a vehicle that does not meet minimum emission standards will have to pay a fee of £12.50 per day. His £160m scheme, run by TfL, allows residents, small businesses, sole traders and charities to scrap non-compliant cars and claim a grant.

In order for junk cars to be sent to Ukraine through this program, they must fulfill functions such as medical assistance and evacuation of people from dangerous areas.

“We remain extremely grateful for the support from the Mayors of London and Kyiv, as well as our many partners, supporters and donors,” a BUAID spokesperson said.

“We know that vehicles that would have been scrapped are saving lives in Ukraine and that each one is cherished and precious.

“It’s great to see people demonstrating the spirit of Dunkirk, as described by Churchill during World War II, by providing transport for people under threat from a ruthless enemy.”

Lucy Hayward-Speight, TfL’s head of transport strategy and planning, said: “The scrapping scheme has been providing support for people to make a green transition, alongside the rollout of Uraze across London.” Ta.

“Londoners are showing concern for others by not only helping to clean up the capital’s toxic air, but also by choosing to provide vital aid to people in the most unimaginable situation in Ukraine.” is shown.

“We encourage anyone who is eligible to donate their vehicle if they are able to.”

The Press Association contributed to this article