The number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in Falkirk district has more than doubled in the past two years.

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson has welcomed the latest Department of Transport figures that reveal there were 167 ULEVs and electric vehicles in the area in the third quarter of 2018 – up from 80 in the same period in 2016.

Across Scotland, the number has risen by 130% over the two years – from 4491 to 10,360.

The Scottish Government has pledged to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 – eight years ahead of the UK Government’s target – and has committed to delivering 20 electric towns, including Falkirk, by 2025.

Mr Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, led a Holyrood debate this week on the progress that’s being made to introduce ULEVs to Scotland.
In reaction to the latest figures, he said: “It’s really encouraging to see that the number of ultra-low emission and electric vehicles in Falkirk district has increased significantly in recent years.

“These figures are testament to people’s commitment to be part of the fight against climate change by switching to clean vehicles that will help to improve air quality in towns and cities across Scotland.

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

“I’m confident that more and more local drivers will realise the benefits of electric vehicles as our already comprehensive charging network is developed further as part of the moves to turn Falkirk into one of Scotland’s electric towns.”