Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has made a funding pledge to help the country lead the way in green transport.
Ahead of the official unveiling of her Programme for Government, Ms Sturgeon has revealed that additional funding worth £16.7 million will be invested to increase the number of green buses through Scotland.
By investing in green transport, the First Minister believes this will transform Scotland into a low carbon country.
As well as buses, the investment will also help to significantly increase access to electric charging points for businesses.
This will help companies to see electric vehicles as a more attractive, cost effective alternative – something that is being pushed throughout the UK.
It is all part of the aims of the Scottish government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote electrification of the road network.
Ultimately, the Scottish government wants to see the need for new petrol or diesel cars or vans on Scotland’s roads removed by 2032.
The government in England is investing millions of pounds to cut emissions and achieve a green transport system; buses are one part of this process.
And their Scottish counterpart is increasing its own commitment to greener transport, with an expansion of its Switched on Towns and Cities initiative.
This will create 20 new ‘electric towns’ in the next seven years, supporting local communities and businesses and increasing their electric vehicle uptake.
The First Minister talked about how the programme will be increased this year.
She said: “In last year’s Programme for Government we committed to remove the need for petrol and diesel cars and vans on Scotland’s roads by 2032.
“Electrifying the road network and transforming the way we travel is vital to reducing our carbon emission, tackling climate change and improving air quality.
“Last year’s Programme for Government set out our ambition as a country and some key steps including making the A9 Scotland’s first electric trunk road.
“This year we want to go further still, and through the package of support we’re announcing in this year’s Programme for Government, as well as our continued investment of £1 billion a year in low carbon and public transport, more people will be able to play their part in putting Scotland at the forefront of low carbon travel.”