Programme for Government 2018/19

EVA Scotland Press Release

Programme for Government 2018/19
  • Posted by: Alister Hamilton
  • EVA Scotland | Policy


Date: 4th September 2018

Embargo: Immediate

EVA Scotland welcomes Scottish Government’s commitment to low carbon travel

£15M investment to improve charging infrastructure for electric vehicles

The Electric Vehicle Association Scotland has welcomed further commitment from the Scottish Government to help the transition to electric vehicles.

Announcing the Programme for Government, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined plans to place Scotland at the forefront of low carbon travel. Last year’s Programme for Government, viewed as the greenest ever, adopted ambitious targets to phase out all new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032.

This year, the First Minister has built on this commitment by pledging an investment of £15M to add electric charge points to homes, businesses and council premises. The proposals also include an increase to the low carbon transport fund; 500 low emission vehicles added to public sector fleets; a 20% increases in rail seating capacity and 200 new services; and continued preparation for a public sector bid for rail.

Alister Hamilton, EVA Scotland Director and Chair, said:

“We are delighted with the Scottish Government’s commitment to support widespread adoption of electric travel north of the border.

“Targets to phase out the production of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 can only be achieved with the correct infrastructure in place so we’re encouraged to see a further commitment to support this, including £15M to improve charging infrastructure in homes, businesses and council premises.

“Scotland is well positioned to lead the way in the UK for low carbon travel and we look forward to working with the Scottish Government and wider stakeholders to make this ambition a reality.”