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McArthur: Bobbies in blue should go green as only 0.7% of police vehicles are eco-friendly

January 8, 2019 5:01 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Ahead of a debate at the Scottish Parliament on ultra-low emission vehicles, Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today revealed that just 0.7% of Police Scotland's vehicles are electric or hybrid, amounting to just 23 out of 3,517 vehicles.

The figures, acquired by the Scottish Liberal Democrats through a freedom of information request, show the national force has 3,260 diesel, 234 petrol, 20 electric and 3 hybrid vehicles.

Mr McArthur commented:

"The public sector needs to show leadership in the shift towards environmentally friendly vehicles. These figures demonstrate the scale of the change needed in the police and this is replicated across the NHS, councils and more.

"The SNP are happy to talk about boosting low emission vehicles but these figures show progress to date has been less than impressive.

"Poor air quality is already causing thousands of premature deaths and costing our NHS millions. It is time to shift the rollout of greener cars up a gear.

"We need a roadmap towards making all public sector vehicles ultra-low emission, including the thousands of police cars. It is time bobbies in blue went green.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats demand better for our police, our health and our environment."