Motorists need more incentives to leave their cars behind and take a greener form of transport like electric buses, writes Andrew Jarvis. Society’s environmental conscience is waking up to the link between the way we are living and the natural disasters that are happening as a result of climate change. Times are changing. But how much do the Australian bush fires really play on people’s minds on a cold, dreich morning in Glasgow when they’re making the decision about whether to drive their car to work or to travel by bus? Inciting a shift in behaviour that sees an increase in bus patronage is far from straightforward; merely recognising the link between personal vehicle use and a suffering planet doesn’t appear to be enough to change habits. People know that travelling by bus is greener, and yet the car is still king. To help meet Glasgow’s Low Emissions Zone targets, we’ve just completed a major retrofitting programme to replace the exhausts on a mid-life fleet whilst investing over £30m in 150 new low-emission buses. We’ve also introduced two new all-electric buses and future-proofed our depot with 22 EV charging points – a move which allows us to now consider all-electric vehicles for future investments as the EV revolution ramps up.
Scotsman 18th Feb 2020 read more »