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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10134: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 5 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in each local authority to promote the use of electric buses.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 27 July 2017

The Scottish Government is committed to public transport in Scotland and to our ambitious climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.

In 2010 the Government launched the Scottish Green Bus Fund with the aim of incentivising the purchase of low carbon emission buses to improve air quality. The definition of low carbon emission buses includes very low and zero emission vehicles such as electric vehicles. The Fund is not confined to bus operators. Others, including local authorities, can also apply. Through six rounds of the Fund,
£14.8 million has been awarded to successful bidders. This has helped to purchase 315 new low carbon emission buses, including seven electric buses.

Additionally, the Bus Service Operators Grant provides an incentive for low carbon emission buses, which are eligible for 24.5p/km, 10.1p/km more than the standard rate of 14.4p/km.