Zero-emission bus action urged
Campaign for Better Transport is calling for more to be done to deliver a zero-emission bus fleet. It notes that since the Government’s commitment in February 2020 to deliver 4,000 zero-emission buses, only around 50 to 100 are on the road.
Of the 38,000 buses nationally, only 12% of the fleet are hybrid and 2% (4% in London and 1% in the rest of England) are zero-emission according to the latest figures. The transport charity is warning that without further government support, its ambition to deliver 4,000 zero-emission buses by 2025, as well as plans to clean up the rest of the 38,000 strong bus fleet, are likely to be missed. It is calling for a number of measures to help speed up the transition to zero emissions including more incentives for local authorities and a government-led campaign to boost bus passenger numbers along with a long-term funding plan. It also wants local authorities to adopt more bus friendly policies.