Bus operators, local authorities and Regional Transport Partnership’s across Scotland can apply for funding towards the purchase of low carbon emission buses with an extra £3m being added to the pot.
The Scottish Green Bus Fund, now in its 7th year, aims to help support the introduction of new low carbon vehicles across the country. The Scottish Government has already invested £14.8m over the previous 6 rounds. 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.
Transport Minister for the Scottish Government, Humza Yousaf said:
“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.”
CPT (Confederation of Passenger Transport) Scotland Director George Mair said:
“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. 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.”
Funding for the 2017/2018 Green Bus Fund has been made available from this year’s Future Transport Fund. The deadline for applications for the 2017/2018 Green Bus Fund is 30 June 2017.
For more information: Transport Scotland