£3 million Available for Green Buses

7 Apr 2017

 

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP has announced a further £3m for the Scottish Green Bus Fund.

 

Bus operators, local authorities and Regional Transport Partnership’s across Scotland can apply for funding towards the purchase of low carbon emission buses.

 

The Scottish Green Bus Fund, now in its seventh year, aims to help support the introduction of new low carbon vehicles across the country. The SNP Government has already invested £14.8m over the previous six years. 

 

Operators of low carbon buses are also eligible for an enhanced rate of the Bus Service Operators Grant which further incentivises the use of green buses. 

 

Mr Yousaf said:

 

The SNP Government is committed to the introduction of cleaner and greener transport. We continue to spend nearly £250 million a year in grants to support the network and promote the take up of new greener buses.

 

I am pleased to announce funding for this latest round of the Green Bus Fund, which has already seen the introduction of more than 300 low emission buses to the Scottish fleet and I look forward to seeing even more on our roads.

 

We will continue to invest in public transport and active travel, and in low carbon technologies, such as electric cars and vans, hybrid ferries, green buses and the infrastructure they require.”

 

The deadline for applications for the 2017/2018 Green Bus Fund is 30 June 2017.

 

Confederation of Passenger Transport Scotland Director George Mair added:

 

The Scottish Green Bus Fund has been a fantastic initiative in assisting operators to upgrade the standard of their vehicles and meet low emissions targets.

 

Buses are responsible for less than 4% of road transport emissions and Scotland’s bus operators remain committed to further improving the green credentials of what is already one of the most environmentally sustainable modes of transport.”

 

For further details on the Green Bus Fund visit:

 

www.transport.gov.scot/public-transport/scottish-green-bus-fund

 

For details on the Bus Service Operators Grant visit:

 

www.transport.gov.scot/public-transport/bus/bus-services-operators-grant

 

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