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Additional £10 million for modernising police fleet

Published: 19 Mar 2021 09:45

Investment to reduce emissions.

The Scottish Police Authority will receive an additional £10 million to invest in modernisation of the police fleet.

The funding will enable the purchase of around 235 new ultra-low emission vehicles by Police Scotland allowing them to move faster on plans to decarbonise the fleet and towards the vision of having the UK’s first ultra-low emission blue light fleet by 2030.

It will also help support the replacement of 140 existing petrol or diesel vehicles across a range of essential, specialist policing functions.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said:

“I am pleased that the Scottish Government has been able to support Police Scotland with an additional £10 million to invest in modernising its fleet which will also enable them to accelerate their plans to transition to a sustainable ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) fleet.

“This is in addition to the record £1.3 billion to be invested in policing next year – which includes a £60 million increase in the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) resource budget and an extra £15 million to mitigate the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Police Scotland’s fleet strategy has a focused drive towards decarbonising its fleet of vehicles, and demonstrates ambitious leadership in this area.”

Martyn Evans, Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, said: “This is an extremely welcome investment which adds significant momentum to meeting the Authority's and Police Scotland’s ambitious carbon emission targets. We can now ensure 20% of the police fleet is green within the coming year.”

Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said: "This additional capital funding for policing is a significant step forward in providing appropriate investment in policing infrastructure.

"Our operational demands and plans mean we can quickly make use of such funding to give officers and staff the tools they need to do their jobs.

"Reform of policing in Scotland has brought many benefits to all communities across the country at a much reduced cost to the public purse. This welcome investment and the decision to eliminate policing's structural funding deficit reflects the significant value policing provides to the public we serve."