MSP WELCOMES SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT TO CLEAN AIR
Paisley’s MSP George Adam has welcomed the news that Renfrewshire has seen a significant rise in the number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) since 2017.
Figures released by the Department of Transport reveal that the number of ultra-low emission and electric vehicles in Renfrewshire increased by 179% between 2017 and 2018.
Across Scotland, the number of people driving electric vehicles has almost tripled since 2016 – rising by 130% in two years.
The Scottish Government has pledged to introduce low emission zones in Scotland’s four biggest cities by 2020, and phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 – 8 years ahead of the UK government’s target.
The SNP in government has also committed to delivering 20 electric towns by 2025, and work to electrify the A9 trunk road with the provision of charging points along the route recently began.
Commenting, Paisley’s MSP George Adam said:
“I welcome the news that the number of ultra-low emission and electric vehicles in Renfrewshire is continuing to rise.
“These figures are testament to people’s commitment to clean air and clean energy in Scotland, and will help to make our towns and cities more accessible – and are an important part of the fight against climate change.
“Ultra-low emission vehicles give us the opportunity to set a path for less pollution and improve the quality of air in the places that we live, work and visit.
“I have contacted multiple car companies and engaged in quite a few productive discussions about how they as manufacturers are making progress. It is clear that car companies are moving in the right direction too therefore, we, as legislators, must ensure that we work with them to achieve a positive outcome.
“The SNP will continue this progress and maintain Scotland’s reputation as a global leader on tackling air pollution and climate change.”