Citizen Advice Scotland responded to the Scottish Government Rural Economy and Connectivity's call for evidence - Transport (Scotland) Bill
Low Emission Zones
- Support to access EVs should be aimed at low income households
- Public transport options must be available for a variety of travel needs within LEZs so that those with different travel schedules or access requirements are not forced to use (and pay charges related to) higher emission vehicles.
- Local transport authorities having more options available is positive, given the negative impact cuts and changes to bus routes can have.
- We would like to see the Scottish Government go further in protecting access to and frequency of “lifeline” services, e.g. routes to GPs/Hospital.
- Recognising the importance of meeting local community needs is positive, though rurality and SIMD should be included in considerations.
- It is positive that service standards could include frequency and maximum fares and pricing.
- However, service standards should also look at evening and weekend provision, and address the lack of direct services on some routes.
- CAS is pleased to see more information will be provided to the public, allowing consumers to make informed choices.
- It’s important that both bus users and non-users are consulted regularly
- Enabling local transport authorities to work with others is a positive step, although this should include planning authorities.
- Pleased to see a multi-journey approach being taken.
Any other views?
- Integration of transport is key.