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Subject: Vehicle Emissions Testing Funding 2017/18
Thanks to those of you who attended last Friday’s meeting, it generated some very useful discussion. A summary of the main points:
- Conventional roadside emissions testing is generating increasingly diminishing returns in terms of air quality benefits given that very few vehicles fail. However it still performs a useful role e.g. in acting as a focus for other enforcement activities.
- Idling enforcement and advertising/publicity campaigns continue to be valuable activities.
- Advertising can be expensive, but there is potential for reducing costs by doing this in different ways.
- EDAR and other alternative emissions testing technologies may have a greater role to play in future, perhaps mainly at central government level, but require further investigation of potential benefits.
- Consensus that changes to the way the scheme operates are required over the coming years to ensure limited funds are being used to maximum effect.
- Less focus on roadside testing will be introduced gradually – would be counterproductive to make sudden immediate changes. Consideration will be given as to how a reduced testing programme could be co-ordinated more efficiently with other activities.
- More focus on idling enforcement and publicity/advertising. For the latter, although local initiatives will remain important, greater value could be obtained by linking to national work, particularly the communications strategy being developed through Cleaner Air for Scotland.
The 2017/18 funding application form is attached and the covering letter highlights how the scheme will be refocused over the next few years. Completed applications should be submitted to me by 21 April.
Air Quality Policy Manager
Directorate For Environment & Forestry
Environmental Quality Division
- ANNEX A: Covering letter (attached)
- ANNEX B: Application form (attached)
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