Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today revealed that just 4.6% of vehicles owned by Scotland’s local authorities are electric or hybrid, as he pressed the Scottish Government to deliver a comprehensive plan for reducing transport emissions.
A freedom of information request submitted by Scottish Liberal Democrats to all 32 local authorities revealed that, of 17,140 vehicles, just 613 are electric (3.6%) and 181 are hybrid (1%).
The most eco-friendly councils were Scottish Borders (22.8% of vehicles electric or hybrid) and Shetland (22.4%).
This week, both the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) Bill and the Transport Bill passed Stage 1 in the Scottish Parliament.
Mr Rumbles said:
“There is a climate change emergency. Transport emissions are still on the rise and the single largest source is road transport.
“These figures show that less than 1 in 20 local authority vehicles is eco-friendly.
“Public bodies need to show leadership and demonstrate our commitment to tackling climate change and cleaning up the air we breathe. However, they will not be able to do this alone.
“The Scottish Government need to deliver a comprehensive plan for reducing transport emissions, including measures to support all public bodies in shifting to eco-friendly vehicle fleets and installing the necessary charging points.
“The Government must also use the Transport Bill to boost public transport and active travel, including allowing local authorities to set up municipal bus companies covering all routes, not just those which are currently making a loss.”