Climate-friendly transport for all
It’s time to invest in better ways of getting from A to B.
We are calling on the next Scottish Government to ensure everyone in Scotland’s cities and communities can access climate-friendly travel options.
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Make all city and town centres vehicle-emissions free by 2030 and support active, public and zero emission travel.
What’s on your wish list for your neighbourhood? To help people and nature thrive, many of us want to see more green space, better air quality, shorter and safer commutes, and greater mobility and accessibility.
Zero-emissions towns and cities – including an expansion of active travel infrastructure and climate-friendly transport options – could help make that a reality, offering cleaner, healthier, more liveable communities for us all, whilst reducing emissions and boosting local jobs and wellbeing.
That’s why we want to see the next Scottish Government commit to making Scotland’s city and town centres vehicle emissions free by 2030, with support to local authorities to introduce zero emission zones
End road capacity expansion and diversify investment to prioritise low carbon alternatives.
When it comes to the transport budget, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was all about roads. But it’s time to shift the narrative. Ending the expansion of road capacity and prioritising climate-friendly alternatives will provide multiple benefits for Scotland’s people and the environment.
We need a new vision for transport that considers investment in roads alongside walking, cycling, public transport and digital connectivity, to support healthier, cleaner and more flexible ways of moving and living, wherever you live
We need to prioritise investments that are fit for the future - we must stop the damaging stuff and rebalance the way we invest.
Increase government support for households to buy or use forms of electric transport.
With sales of new fossil fuel vehicles due to end in Scotland within the next twelve years, electric transport is set to have its moment. But accessibility, affordability, and lack of infrastructure risks putting it out of reach of many of us.
We must not miss this opportunity to re-imagine our town and city centres, and to boost Scotland’s manufacturers of low emission vehicles.
A broad shift to electric transport – cars, vans, buses and e-bikes – will make travel cheaper, bring cleaner air and less congestion, and boost jobs.
To achieve a fair transition to electric, the next Scottish Government should provide additional funding, with increased funding for e-bikes and low-emission buses, an accelerated roll out of charging infrastructure, and continued support for vehicle purchases.