Air Quality Improvement Programmes (Support)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 3rd April 2019.

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Photo of Jenny Marra Jenny Marra Labour

1. To ask the Scottish Government what funding it provides to support programmes that aim to improve air quality. (S5O-03086)

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government provides £2.5 million of funding annually for three local authority funding schemes. Those support air quality monitoring and modelling, implementation of air quality action plan measures, and roadside emissions testing and enforcement of idling legislation. The 2017 programme for government announced the establishment of a new air quality fund to provide additional support to local authorities for transport-related air quality measures. In 2018-19, the first year of operation, £400,000 was awarded.

Photo of Jenny Marra Jenny Marra Labour

Dundee has one bus operator that has more than 100 buses that fail to meet the Euro 6 standard, yet Dundee is expected to have a low-emission zone in place by 2020. Given that some of our most polluted streets are on main bus routes, can the cabinet secretary tell us how much money was awarded to Dundee bus operators in phase 2 of the Scottish bus emissions abatement retrofit programme to bring their fleets up to the Euro 6 standard and whether a third phase is planned?

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

I understand that the 2018-19 applications are currently being assessed by Transport Scotland, so I can give no further detail in respect of that. I know that one bus company has applied, but I am not sure whether it is the one to which Jenny Marra refers. We will obviously have to keep those schemes in mind as we move forward, because the intention is that all four major local authorities will have low-emission zones by the end of 2020.