SNP accused of ‘environmental hypocrisy’ over gas-guzzling ministerial car fleet

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Data published by the SNP-led Scottish Government reveals that only 13 percent of their fleet of cars were zero-emission. These cars include vehicles that transport SNP led Scottish Government ministers such as Finance Secretary Kate Forbes and Deputy First Minister John Swinney through the Government Car Service.

Meanwhile, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is chauffeured by Police Scotland for security reasons, using Government plug-in hybrid vehicles.

It comes as Ms Sturgeon agreed a coalition deal with the Scottish Greens which included a pledge to ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030.

As well as this, around 100 policies have already been introduced to compel Scots to reduce their carbon footprint.

These include low-emission zones in cities and a workplace parking levy.

The figure was revealed in a Parliamentary Question by Scottish Tory MSP Maurice Golden, who branded the findings a “complete failure.”

The North East Scotland MSP, said: “The Scottish Government wants to impose policies that would hit ordinary motorists in the pocket for not owning a low-emission vehicle.

“Yet this response confirms only 13 percent of its own fleet falls into the zero-emission bracket.

“That’s a complete failure of leadership and speaks to a real environmental hypocrisy at the heart of the SNP.

“Why should hardworking car users listen to the Scottish Government when it’s not prepared to change its own behaviour?

“Cleaning up our environment is critical in tackling climate change, but it won’t happen until the Scottish Government is prepared to lead for others to follow.”

SNP ministers recently spent £1.2million on 17 Mitsubishi Outlanders and SIXVOLVOs (plug-in hybrid petrol), two Toyota Hiluxs and one Mercedes Sprinter (diesel).

As well as these, the TWOTESLA Model 3s and eight Kia e-Niros (electric) were also purchased.

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In response, Scottish Transport Minister Graeme Dey said the Scottish Government were “committed to decarbonising” the entire public sector fleet.

He added: “According to the most recent information available from 2020, over 10 per cent of the cars in the Scottish public sector fleet were ultra-low or zero-emission at that time.

“Significant additional investment has continued to be made in decarbonising the public sector fleet since 2020 but will not be reflected in these figures.

“To help the public sector lead from the front, since 2014 we’ve invested over £47million in 3,463 low and zero-emission vehicles across the public sector fleet.”

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