Scottish scrappage scheme offers travel vouchers

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The Scottish Government has launched its new Mobility and Scrappage Fund which offers cash incentives and ’Travel Better’ vouchers for households removing older, more polluting cars from the roads. The £900,000 Mobility and Scrappage fund is to be piloted in lower income areas and Air Quality Management Areas in Scotland, including across Islands communities.

The fund, delivered by the Energy Saving Trust, is targeted toward lower-income households and will provide a cash grant of £2,000 in return for the safe disposal of more polluting vehicles, plus up to two £500 Travel Better grants to purchase a range of sustainable travel options ranging from bicycles, e-bikes or public transport vouchers, in the hope of encouraging a shift away from cars for those who choose to do so.

Scottish Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth said: “I’m pleased that through the Mobility and Scrappage Fund we’re extending our scrappage support to communities across Scotland. Aimed at those that need help most, this funding is helping people remove the most polluting cars, as well as encouraging a shift towards active travel and sustainable public transport options. We want to protect public health and improve air quality. Through the progressive LEZ Support Fund and now with the new Mobility and Scrappage Fund, we’re supporting people to move to new travel patterns and achieve our climate change ambitions at the same time. In the coming months, I look forward to meeting with people who have benefited from the scheme and who will be enjoying more sustainable forms of transport.”