5 June 2019

A series of amendments from Scottish Labour to the Transport Bill to strengthen low emission zones will be debated in the Scottish Parliament today- World Environment Day.

The theme this year is #BeatAirPollution, and Scottish Labour’s proposals will ensure the Transport Bill delivers on this aim.

The amendments from Labour will force areas with illegal pollution levels to implement LEZs, remove a minimum grace period for the introduction of LEZs and mean that the use of maximum grace periods will have to be signed off by ministers.

Scottish Labour’s Transport spokesperson, Colin Smyth MSP, said:

“Nicola Sturgeon said the Climate Crisis would mean speeding up action to deliver net-zero emissions. Well this is an opportunity for the First Minister to put words into action.

"Labour’s amendments to the Transport Bill will give councils greater flexibility to get on with delivering LEZs and taking the action needed to tackle air pollution which kills 2,500 people each year in Scotland”

Scottish Labour’s Environment spokesperson, Claudia Beamish MSP, said:

“I’m delighted that World Environment Day has chosen this year’s theme to raise awareness of air pollution

“My parliamentary motion highlights the importance of solid policy proposals in light of the environment emergency.

“Scottish Labour are taking real steps to amend the Transport Bill to ensure that our Low Emission Zones make rapid progress towards reducing air pollution in our towns and cities.

“My amendment calls on the Scottish Government require prescribed councils to develop low emissions distribution consolidation hubs and low emissions delivery arrangements which would be smaller scale low emission vehicles, bikes and electric bikes. Congestion in our cities and making them better places to live must be tackled and this is one way to address these issues.”

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