Transport Scotland has revealed measures that will give local authorities more powers to ensure their roads are smarter, greener and more accessible.
The measures have been outlined in the Transport (Scotland) Bill which will enable councils to tackle issues that will ultimately result in a much improved transportation network in Scotland as a whole.
The issue of emissions is one that spans the whole of the UK; the central government in England is in the midst of implementing a strategy that will result in cleaner air and less harmful emissions, in the fight to make the transport network and the vehicles that use it, much greener.
In London and other cities throughout the UK, work is being done to ensure that buses, lorries and other vehicles businesses use are greener and don’t emit harmful emissions.
It is why there has been a surge in councils south of the border looking at using electric vehicles for their various fleets, and now, hydrogen fuel cells and other cleaner solutions for vehicles are being championed.
Humza Yousaf is the Transport Minister in Scotland. He said this Bill will result in low emission zones and greater efficiency of the transport network.
“Beyond bus services, this Bill will allow for decriminalised enforcement of low emission zones, double parking and parking on pavements.
“This will help transform our towns and cities into cleaner, more accessible and more pleasant spaces to travel and enjoy.
“By strengthening the technology and governance which underpins smart ticketing, people will be able to move between our cities with greater ease and convenience.
“The Bill will also further increase safety and efficiency of road works to help keep our traffic flowing.
“We are supporting regeneration along our canals and ensuring the future of the network by strengthening governance and we are also bolstering the ability of Regional Transport Partnerships (RTPs) to manage larger projects.”