Richard Dixon: Why free bus travel for all is a good idea. Electric vehicles are an important part of reducing our climate change emissions and cutting local air pollution. But they are only part of the answer. If we just replaced every current car with an electric one, congestion would be just as bad, we’d waste just as much space on car parking and roads, and people would still be killed in crashes. We need to aim for a future where there are far fewer cars on the roads, but those that are are electric. That means people using one of Scotland’s many car clubs instead of owning a car, using public transport, walking and cycling more, and accessing services in ways that reduce the need to travel. Combining free buses, preferably owned by the public sector, and better provision for walking and cycling, with a rapid change over from fossil-fuelled to electric vehicles would create urban streets much safer and more pleasant to be on, and drastically reduce carbon emissions and local air pollution.
Scotsman 24th Nov 2020 read more »