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Aberdeenshire MSP Gillian Martin welcomes arrival of zero-emission vehicles to north-east

By Kirsty Brown

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Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has welcomed the addition of 20 new zero-emission vehicles to the north-east.

Aberdeenshire Council has taken delivery of the vehicles - with 18 having been funded by the Scottish Government’s ‘Switched on Fleets’ initiative through Energy Saving Trust.

They will replace older vehicles within the council’s fleet.

The seven Renault Zoe vans, six Vauxhall e-Vivaro and five Vauxhall Corsa-e will be issued to frontline council services ranging from Environmental Health, Property and Social Care.

Completing the line-up are two low-entry accessible Mellor e-Orion minibuses.

One has been match-funded by Transport Scotland and the other has been fully funded by Regional Transport Partnership, Nestrans, along with a contribution to the installation of charging points.

The Scottish Government intends to remove the need for petrol or diesel cars or the purchase of new light commercial vehicles in public fleets from 2025.

The Switched on Fleets initiative helps local authorities transition from traditional internal combustion engines to cleaner zero-emission vehicles.

Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP said: “Emissions from road transport play a significant part in the level of Scotland’s transport emissions.

“It Is clear from the addition of these vehicles that there is a real commitment by both the local authority and the Scottish Government to continue their work to de-carbonise vehicles to support key frontline services.

“Ensuring we continue our work to reduce emissions will play a critical role in helping tackle climate change.”

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