Scottish government launches scrappage pilot to encourage sustainable mobility

Posted: 10 February 2023 | | No comments yet

The Scottish government’s Mobility and Scrappage Fund aims to reduce air pollution across the country, by offering cash incentives and travel vouchers for low-income households to shift towards more sustainable transportation.

Scottish government launches scrappage pilot to encourage sustainable mobility

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Transport Scotland has announced that the Scottish government has launched the new Mobility and Scrappage Fund – offering cash incentives and Travel Better vouchers for households that are removing more polluting cars from the roads.

The £900,000 Mobility and Scrappage fund is to be piloted in lower income areas and Air Quality Management Areas in Scotland, including the Islands communities.

The fund, delivered by Energy Saving Trust, is targeted towards lower-income households and will provide a cash grant of £2,000, in return for the safe disposal of more polluting vehicles. In addition, the fund will offer up to two £500 Travel Better grants to purchase a range of sustainable travel options, including bike, e-bike or public transport vouchers – encouraging a shift away from cars for those that choose to do so.

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The Mobility and Scrappage Fund is a Programme for government commitment, benefitting over 300 homes across Scotland and supporting the target of reducing car kilometres travelled by 20% by 2030.

Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth said: “I’m pleased that through the Mobility and Scrappage Fund we’re extending our scrappage support to communities across Scotland. Aimed at those that need help most, this funding is helping people remove the most polluting cars, as well as encouraging a shift towards active travel and sustainable public transport options. We want to protect public health and improve air quality. Through the progressive LEZ Support Fund and now with the new Mobility and Scrappage Fund, we’re supporting people to move to new travel patterns and achieve our climate change ambitions at the same time.”

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