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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11095: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has undertaken of potential economic and logistical implications for consumers and businesses of phasing out new petrol and diesel vehicles in Scotland eight years before the planned UK Government phase-out date of 2040.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 18 September 2017

The Programme for Government sets a bold new ambition on ultra-low emission vehicles, including electric cars and vans, with a target to phase out the need for petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032.

This ambition is underpinned by our recently published Switched on Scotland Action Plan and builds on the range of incentives we already provide to local authorities, businesses and individuals. The Action Plan was developed through a series of workshops representing over 100 participants from 58 organisations.

In addition, the ambition is informed by the detailed analysis that supported the development of the draft Climate Change Plan. We will consider this in further detail as part of finalising the Climate Change Plan.

We look forward to working with stakeholders across the country as we take forward our plans.