More work to be done to drive forward climate change targets

Scottish Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has said that more needs to be done to encourage local authorities to invest in ‘green’ vehicles.

Jim Hume MSPJim Hume MSPFigures obtained through Freedom of Information requests by the Liberal Democrats reveal that only 1% of the total number of vehicles procured by local authorities in Scotland are either electric or hybrid cars.

Mr Hume has said that while it is welcome that most local authorities are now investing in electric or hybrid cars, there needs to be a significant improvement if Scotland is to meet its ambitious climate change targets.

The technology for electric or hybrid cars is improving and the cost of electric vehicles has dropped significantly. Mr Hume would like to see more councils investing in this type of exciting new technology.

Commenting, Mr Hume said:

“While we have seen some progress in recent years in the procurement of green vehicles by local authorities, much more still needs to be done.

“Scotland has set some extremely ambitious climate change targets and experts warned this week that more needs to be done if we are to meet them.

“Local authorities have their part to play in this and switching to greener cars is a step forward. Every part of Scotland needs to be doing its bit.

“The technology for electric or hybrid cars is improving all the time and the cost of electric vehicles has dropped significantly. Councils should be investing in this type of technology whenever possible.

“We need to see Scotland’s local authorities doing their bit to drive forward Scotland’s climate change targets.”