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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-07630: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 1 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government which policies in its publication, Draft Climate Change Plan - the draft Third Report on Policies and Proposals 2017-2032, encourage a modal shift towards public transport.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 14 March 2017

The draft Climate Change Plan sets out a package of policies and proposals which encourage individuals and businesses to move towards public transport.

For policies, we will continue to electrify Scotland’s rail network, with up to 35% of the network electrified by 2032. Rail plays a key role in encouraging a shift away from the private motor car in mid to long range journeys. We will also continue to support the Scottish Green Bus Fund and the Bus Service Operators Grant, allowing operators to purchase new, low emission buses improving the service quality on these routes and reducing the emissions from the Scottish bus fleet.

For proposals, we have stated we will collaborate with local authorities to put in place a pilot low emission zone by 2018, improving air quality and sending a clear signal to individuals and businesses that behaviour change is needed. Work to identify and set up the first low emission zone by 2018 is currently underway. Secondly, we will explore with local authorities the role that parking policies (including workplace parking levies) play in encouraging individuals and businesses to choose public transport or low emission vehicles. If there is sufficient demand from local authorities, and workplace parking levies are shown to reduce CO2 emissions, then we will consider introducing legislation.