David Stewart MSP

Backing for Greener Buses plans

24 November 2010

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart has backed plans for the introduction of greener buses in Scotland.
His comments came after he asked Transport Secretary Stewart Stevenson in a Parliamentary Question whether the Scottish Government plans to introduce a bus scrappage scheme to enable bus operators to trade in older, polluting buses for new, low carbon emission vehicles.
Mr Stevenson replied that while there were no plans to introduce such a scheme the Scottish Green Bus Fund, which was launched in July, encourages bus operators to buy Low Carbon Vehicles (LCV) by providing grants up to 100% of the price difference between an LCV and its diesel equivalent.
The Scottish Government says it is pleased with the number of small and large bus operators who have bid for grants and that the scheme has been oversubscribed. It is currently assessing all the bids and will announce the successful applicants later this month. The scheme could deliver more than 50 new LCV’s to the Scottish Bus Fleet.
Mr Stewart said: “I believe we need to have a green revolution in Scotland to reduce our carbon emissions and make our environment cleaner and safer.
“Having greener buses is one way towards achieving this goal and hopefully we will soon see a new generation of such vehicles on Scotland’s roads.”

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