Bus Users is urging governments in England and Scotland to extend funding for zero emission buses to vehicles of all sizes.
In what bus manufacturer Mellor has described as ‘big bus bias’, funding from both governments is available for standard single and double decker vehicles only.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Chief Executive of Bus Users Claire Walters is calling for vehicles of all sizes to be funded: “Bus Back Betterâ€™ recognises the crucial role buses play in connecting people to education, training, services and employment. Nowhere is this more important than in rural areas which have seen bus services decimated over the past decade. Yet applications to the new Electric Bus Fund will only be accepted for standard single or double decker vehicles.
“These vehicles are largely unsuitable for hard-to-reach areas, especially those in rural communities with low passenger numbers and narrow roads.In the interests of levelling-up, we would urge Government to extend the Electric Bus Fund to vehicles of all sizes, ensuring that every community has access to sustainable and environmentally friendly transport options.”
Bus Users has also written to the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.