Transport Scotland has announced the new Transport (Scotland) Bill.
Designed to improve bus services, the country’s transport authority describes it as the most radical measures since devolution to make Scotland’s transportation network cleaner, smarter and more accessible.
Proposed measures in the Bill include:
- Providing local authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships (RTPs) with the flexibility to improve bus services through partnership working with operators or, where there is a good case for doing so, local franchising or running services themselves.
- Enabling the creation and decriminalised enforcement of Low Emission Zones.
- Prohibiting double parking and parking on pavements and giving local authorities the powers needed to enforce this.
- Standardising smart ticketing technology to ensure compatibility, and setting in place an advisory body to best support interoperable Scotland-wide smart ticketing.
- Strengthening the powers of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner in order to better regulate road works.
- Allowing RTPs to build up and carry appropriate financial reserves.
- Giving Scottish Ministers powers to enhance the board structure of Scottish Canals to strengthen its capacity to support economic regeneration.