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New Transport Bill Starts Its Journey Through the Scottish Parliament

Scottish Parliament FGA Transport Bill is now at Stage one of its proceedings in  the Scottish Parliament.

Humza Yousaf Minister for Transport and the Islands in the Scottish Government  said:

“The Transport Bill reflects a period of significant public consultation and engagement. It responds to the views of passengers and stakeholders by providing local authorities and RTPs [Local Transport Partnerships] with the tools to address local needs.

“By empowering local authorities and continuing to work in partnership with transport operators, we will continue to develop a cleaner, smarter public transport system with improved connectivity, accessibility and greater economic benefits for all of Scotland.”

The Bill covers:

  • Low emission zones
  • Bus services
  • Ticketing arrangements and schemes
  • Pavement parking and double parking
  • Road works
  • Financing of Regional Transport Partnerships
  • Canals

Low Emission Zones

Low emission zones can be set up by local authorities where they feel it is necessary. Local authorities can also collaborate if a proposed low emission zone covers more than one council area. Apart from vehicles which have an exemption, anyone driving in those areas with a vehicle which does not comply with the low emission regulations will be fined.

Bus Services

Local authorities have a duty to provide a service where there is a public need and which is not being provided by a commercial company.The Bill will allow councils to run services either by themselves or by their own company.

Ticketing Arrangements and Schemes

  • extends  arrangements and schemes to include certain connecting rail and ferry services
  • gives the Scottish Ministers the power to set a national technological standard for the implementation and operation of smart ticketing arrangements
  • sets up a National Smart Ticketing Advisory Board
  • makes changes to what a ticketing scheme can include and the process for making one
  • requires local transport authorities to produce annual reports on ticketing arrangements and schemes
  • gives  Scottish Ministers the power to direct a local transport authority to make or vary a ticketing scheme.

Pavement Parking and Double Parking

There will be a ban on pavement parking and double parking. Local Authorities will have discretion on areas which could be exempt. They will also have the power to enforce penalty charges. This will also include vehicles if the driver is still in it and the engine running. Exemptions include: emergency vehicles, waste collection, postal services, medical and care providers.

Humza Yousaf said:

“The Bill will also further increase the safety and efficiency of road works to help keep our traffic flowing. We are supporting regeneration along our canals and ensuring the future of the network by strengthening governance and we are also bolstering the ability of RTPs to manage larger projects.

“By empowering local authorities and continuing to work in partnership with transport operators, we will continue to develop a cleaner, smarter public transport system with improved connectivity, accessibility and greater economic benefits for all of Scotland.”

Watch: Humza Yousaf on the Transport (Scotland) Bill


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