Transport Scotland Act (2019) addresses vehicle pollution and bus services regulation
The Transport Scotland Act (2019), which received the royal assent on 15 November, has two provisions relating to pollution and public transport. It provides for the introduction of Low-Emission Zones in cities (already introduced in Glasgow), which high-emission vehicles would be charged for entering, and gives powers to local councils and regional transport partnerships (RTPs) to improve services, either by working with bus companies or by stepping in and running services themselves.
There are also provisions banning parking on pavements and double parking, and to allow councils to impose a Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) on employers providing more than ten parking spaces for employees.
BBC News report 10 October 2019
Scottish Parliament news briefing on bus regulation changes.
Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2)
Transport Policy consultations are coming thick and fast -
Jim Densham, of Cycling UK in Scotland (formerly the CTC) has emailed
"Government and their consultants are right now finalising an online consultation for the Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) – a kind of spending review of major transport projects for the next 20 years. See this set of slides abut STPR2.
"The online consultation is a way of gathering ideas for consideration in the spending review. It’s massively important that we use this consultation to say what is needed in Scotland, and use it to give Government confidence that there is support for spending money on cycling infrastructure.
"We expect the consultation to be launched this month so do look out for it. I want to give you advanced notice so you can think about how to work with others in your groups, clubs, and networks to develop ideas. I also want to be of assistance in helping you and will provide more information when I know more about the consultation. But please do get in touch if you want to discuss or if you have questions.
"This consultation is important – STPR2 will apportion £billions on transport – we need to make the case for sustainable transport loud and clear and tell Government what we want."
Responses to Scottish National Transport Strategy consultation
Public consultation on Transport Scotland's draft National Transport Strategy closed on 23 October 2019. Read the draft document here.
Here are two local responses
Katie Walter responded on behalf of the Highland Cycle Campaign. Read the HCC response.
TBI director Sheila Currie responded on her own behalf. Read Sheila's response.
(The format of these documents has been changed from the original response form to make them easier to read).
The HCC response refers to the "vastly expensive Longman Roundabout project, costing more than the entire annual budget for Scotland for Active Travel", as being out of line with the vision of the Transport Strategy.
In June this year Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie said the road-building project should be cancelled after both the Scottish government and Highland Council declared a "climate emergency". He said the money should instead be spent on schools.
A group of active travel organisations - Cycling Scotland, Cycling UK, Forth Environment Link, Living Streets, Paths for All, Ramblers Scotland, Sustrans Scotland and Transform Scotland - prepared a joint report in a clear summary format.
This response, in particular the recommendation to end new trunk road construction, was branded as 'urban hogwash' by Caol and Mallaig councillor Allan Henderson.
Press & Journal report 24 October 2019
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