Glasgow Kelvin MSP Kaukab Stewart has asked the Scottish Government to look at what ways it can support organisations looking to expand Glasgow’s electric bus fleet.
The call comes following disappointment last month that Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) was not awarded ScotZEB 2 funding to expand its electric bus fleet in the Glasgow city region.
In a parliamentary question to the Transport Minister, Kaukab Stewart MSP asked:
“Electric vehicles go a long way in improving inner city air quality and public health as well as contributing to meeting our Net Zero targets, so naturally the decision not to award Strathclyde Partnership for Transport ScotZEB 2 funding for a new fleet of electric buses has been met with disappointment. What support can the Government offer organisations such as SPT to help meet their electric vehicle ambitions?”
Responding, Transport Minister Fiona Hyslop confirmed that £62 million of government funding had helped to deliver 315 zero emission buses to the Glasgow city region, with 305 already on the road and a further 10 coming in March.
The minister also encouraged bus and coach operators looking to expand an electric fleet to explore a range of information packs available online, with advice on funding and support.
Commenting, Kaukab Stewart said:
“The Scottish Government has put its money where its mouth is when it comes to investing in achieving our net zero targets.
“Electric vehicles do not emit greenhouse gases and they do not pollute the air we breathe, meaning they come with huge benefits for the climate and for public health.
“However, EVs are expensive, and making the switch often requires government support. I’m pleased therefore this has been given the level of investment its had and look forward to further progress being made in switching Glasgow’s public transport system to zero emissions.”