The Scottish Green Bus Fund has opened once again to transport operators in order to encourage a reduction in emissions on the country’s roads.
This latest round – its eighth – has been opened to bus operators, local authorities, regional transport partnerships and other stakeholders who are responsible for buses in Scotland.
Already, the Scottish Green Fund has resulted in hundreds of low carbon emission buses being introduced into the Scottish fleet.
The central government in England has set out its plans for a Clean Air Strategy to tackle pollution which is the fourth biggest risk to health, behind cancer, obesity and heart disease.
The previous seven rounds of investment from the Scottish Green Bus Fund have provided more than £16 million for more than 360 low carbon emission buses.
This latest round is worth £1.7 million and, as a further incentive, operators of low carbon buses are eligible for an enhanced rate of the Bus Service Operators Grant, which should increase the use of green buses.
Humza Yousaf, who is the Transport Minister, said this latest round will contribute to providing solutions for air quality issues.
“Bus services are at the heart of Scottish public transport. Of the 524 million public transport journeys that were made in 2016/17, an incredible 75% were made by bus. That is why when it comes to improving the environment and the quality of air in our towns and cities, it can only be achieved by working in partnership with bus operators to evolve and encourage a greener fleet.
“I’m proud that we continue to spend nearly a quarter of a billion pounds a year in grants to support the network and promote the take up of new greener buses through the highly successful Scottish Green Bus Fund, which has already brought hundreds of greener buses into our communities.
“This is why I’m pleased to announce this latest round of funding to ensure that buses continue to play a key role in keeping Scotland moving while also continuing to be an important part of the solution to the issue of air quality.”