Transport Scotland has announced that a funding scheme will help businesses prepare for the Low Emission Zones that are set to be introduced in the country’s cities.
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, said the support will help businesses comply with emissions standards.
He said: “For taxi drivers or micro-businesses which rely on their own vans to operate in Scotland’s cities, we are offering financial support which will enable them to comply with new standards on emissions to improve air quality.
“The Retrofitting Fund will open later this month and I would encourage interested businesses and black cab taxi drivers to register on the Low Emission Zone website for further information.
“Scotland’s four biggest cities are making progress in establishing Low Emission Zones by the end of 2020 in order to protect public health. It’s important that people start thinking now about the proposed emission standards and exploring the funding which will be made available.”
Thanks to the Retrofitting Fund, businesses that rely on heavy goods vehicles will be provided with targeted grant funding of just over £1 million in 2019/20; if there is real interest in the funding, it is anticipated to increase each year until 2021/22.
There have been successive retrofit funding schemes for buses over the years in Scotland, and now, this fund will give vital financial support so that taxis, vans and HGV engines and exhausts can be converted so that commercial vehicles comply with the new emissions standards, protecting public health.
With the challenges of reducing pollution and improving air quality, Scotland and its cities are taking a stand; both Glasgow and Edinburgh are both looking to become net-zero before any other UK city, and schemes such as this will help.
Councillor Anna Richardson, added: “We are determined to clean up Glasgow’s air and ensure our city centre is a healthier and more pleasant place to be.”