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5 July 2010

Green Bus Fund Opens

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR £3.4 MILLION FUND

Buses in Scotland will be helped to go green thanks to a new £3.4 million Scottish Green Bus Fund launched today.

Bus Operators, local authorities and regional transport partnerships are being invited to apply for funding to help with the additional up front costs of buying low carbon buses.

The scheme will provide a fresh incentive to operators to purchase eco-friendly vehicles for their fleet as well as help stimulate demand for green technology in Scotland.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said:

"Scotland has the toughest climate change legislation anywhere in the world and meeting these tough targets will require decisive action. Our climate change delivery plan makes clear we need to decarbonise almost all road transport by 2050 which is why we're helping our bus industry invest in the latest emissions reducing green technology.

"This Government is taking action to reduce emissions from transport and this announcement follows the recent launch of a £4.3 million scheme to encourage the use of low carbon vehicles by Scotland's public services.

"Scotland's role in the global effort to reduce emissions will create clear economic benefits and help maintain a thriving economy. We are leading the way in the development of low carbon transport technology and it's important we play to these strengths as we look to secure economic recovery and future sustainable economic growth.

"The Scottish Green Bus Fund will make an important contribution to achieving our target of reducing emissions by 42% by 2020 and I'd encourage bus operators to use this opportunity to introduce green buses to their fleets."
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