Public Transport: Carbon Emissions

Transport written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham PPS (Mr Mike O'Brien, Minister of State), Department for Energy and Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps the Government has taken to encourage bus companies to spend money on environmentally friendly vehicles.

Photo of Paul Clark Paul Clark PPS (Rt Hon Ed Balls, Secretary of State), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

The Department for Transport has recently consulted on possible changes to bus subsidies—particularly Bus Service Operators Grant—bringing them more in line with our environmental objectives and improving services for passengers. These changes include steps to incentivise the use of fuel efficient vehicles, including low carbon buses.

We are currently considering the next steps in light of the consultation, and will make an announcement later this year.

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