SNP MSP Bruce Crawford has welcomed the news that the Stirling area has seen a significant rise in the number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) since 2017.


Figures released by the Department of Transport reveal that the number of ultra-low emission and electric vehicles in Stirling has increased by 67% since last year. (549 in 2017 Q3, 916 in 2018 Q3).


Across Scotland, the number of people driving electric vehicles has almost tripled since 2016 – rising by 130% in two years.


The Scottish Government has pledged to introduce low emission zones in Scotland’s four biggest cities by 2020, and phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 – 8 years ahead of the UK government’s target.


The SNP in government has also committed to delivering 20 electric towns by 2025, and work to electrify the A9 trunk road with the provision of charging points along the route recently began.


Commenting, SNP MSP Bruce Crawford said:


“I welcome the news that the number of ultra-low emission and electric vehicles in Stirling is continuing to rise.


“These figures are testament to people’s commitment to clean air and clean energy in Scotland, and will help to make our towns and cities more accessible – and are an important part of the fight against climate change.  


“Ultra-low emission vehicles give us the opportunity to set a path for less pollution and improve the quality of air in the places that we live, work and visit.


“The SNP will continue this progress and maintain Scotland’s reputation as a global leader on tackling air pollution and climate change.”