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Low Emissions Strategy Consultation: Transform Scotland news release

Published 16 January 2015 by Colin Howden

Heaping responsibility on Local Authorities will ensure failure: Need for Scottish Ministers to take action themselves

Transform Scotland [1] have today (Fri 16 Jan) responded to the launch of the Scottish Government’s consultation on its ‘Low Emissions Strategy’. [2]

Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said:

“The promotion of Low Emission Zones is of course the right thing for the Scottish Ministers to be doing: they’ve worked in hundreds of other towns and cities across Europe, and it is time now for Scotland to catch up. But by heaping the responsibility for taking action on to the Local Authorities, we see little likelihood of success. The Scottish Ministers should be financially incentivising Local Authorities to tackle air pollution by rewarding those who pledge to take action with funds for investment in better local transport systems. Under this strategy, Local Authorities would seem to bear all of the financial burden at a time when their budgets are already severely constrained.”

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Notes to Editors

[1] Transform Scotland

Transform Scotland is the national sustainable transport alliance, bringing together rail, bus and shipping operators, local authorities, national environment and conservation groups, businesses and local transport groups – see <http://www.transformscotland.org.uk/members.aspx> for details.

[2] Low Emissions Strategy consultation

This is available at <http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2015/01/3287/0>.

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